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Prison term for mass counterfeiter at Old Bailey

Tower Hamlets Council has successfully prosecuted a long standing importer and seller of counterfeit goods in a high profile case at the Old Bailey.
On 18 May 2012, Mr Lei Pan of Fonda Court, Premier Place, London E14, was sentenced, at the Old Bailey to 33 months in prison on 12 specimen charges under the Trade Marks Act 1994.

The sentence follows the seizure of approximately 50,000 fake items held at a self storage unit in Bow. The fake items included goods labelled ‘D & G’, ‘Louis Vuitton’, ‘Christian Dior’, ‘DKNY’, ‘Ed Hardy’, ‘Chanel’, ‘Versace’, ‘Chloe’, ‘Links of London’, Tiffany & Co and ‘Burberry’. The items had an estimated value of £7 million pounds (value of the genuine goods) and originated from China.
The prosecution follows a long investigation carried out by Tower Hamlets Trading Standards, in conjunction with the City of London Police and Metropoltan Police and trade marks representatives. It is the first time a Trading Standards counterfeiting case has been heard at the Old Bailey.
Mayor of Tower Hamlets, Lutfur Rahman, said: "This case sends out a strong message that counterfeiting will not be tolerated in Tower Hamlets. Cutting crime in the borough is one of my priorities and we will always be vigilant on trademark infringements, especially as we head towards to the Olympic Games."
Deputy Mayor of Tower Hamlets, Cllr Ohid Ahmed, said: "The outcome of the case is satisfying and is justification of the hard work and determination of the Trading Standards Team working along with our partners in the City of London Police and trade mark representatives. This is a blatant violation of the trademark law, and we take tough action against anyone who sells fake goods within the borough"
To report the sale of counterfeit jewellery or any other fake goods contact Tower Hamlets Council's Trading Standards Team on 020 7 364 5008

For more information contact Sarah McLaughlin on 020 7364 2860 or email