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Traders pay for misusing trademarks

Three individuals who were charged for illegally using the trademarks of other businesses have now been ordered to pay back £86,000 from the proceeds of their crimes. The court case took place at Cambridge Crown Court on Wednesday April 3 2013.

Out of this overall amount, £16,000 will go to Peterborough City Council to fund law enforcement and consumer education projects.

Akil Thathia, (32) of Chatsfield, Werrington, and Shabir Maimoon, (30) of Carleton Crest, Walton, had previously been sentenced to six months in prison for selling counterfeit goods after pleading guilty under the Trade Marks Act. Through their business, Snuggle Limited, they admitted selling counterfeit Premier League merchandise.

The pair has now been ordered to pay back £38,000, representing the financial benefits they gained from their illegal activities.

Huzefa Ishaki, Maimoon’s brother had already received a six month sentence, suspended for 12 months, as well as a 200 hour community service order for Trade Marks Act offences in relation to another business, Splash Prints. He has now been ordered to pay back £48,000 from the proceeds of his crimes.

Peter Stonely, Principal Trading Standards Officer said: “This case shows that  crime really does not pay and we are able claw back illegal earnings.

“We will now use this money locally to tackle crime. So those who break the law are funding our activities to stop others.”


DATE: 18 April 2013