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A Proceeds of Crime Act confiscation case concluded at Teesside Crown Court on Monday 8 February, finding that an online counterfeiter had benefited from his criminal conduct by £550,000. Mark Edwards, of Essex, sold on an online auction site from 2004 to 2007 fake goods including counterfeit Chanel sunglasses, Links of London jewellery, Jean Paul Gautier perfumes and other branded goods.He has been given six months to pay £38,600 – the value of his available assets.  If he fails to...
8 Feb 2010
The Trading Standards Institute has been joined by Andy Foster who took the new role of Operations Director on Monday 8 February.TSI’s chief executive Ron Gainsford said: ‘This is a great development for TSI and I know Andy will be a fantastic asset for us, helping us grow and improve our commercial arm while strengthening our links with our membership and trading standards services across the country.’ Born and raised in Great Grimsby in Lincolnshire, Andy brings with him nearly 20 years...
8 Feb 2010
TSI response (PDF 131kb). TSI is encouraged to see several references and recognitions of OFT/Trading Standards interdependancy although there are some surprising omissions.
5 Feb 2010
Two car clockers have been jailed after an investigation by Leicestershire trading standards.Zubair Ansari and Sharif Uddin, who were PHD students at Loughborough University, have been sent to prison for a total of two and half years for conspiring to carry on fraudulent business.After trading standards received complaints from consumers who had purchased vehicles at various addresses in Loughborough and Sheffield, it was found that the men had purchased in excess of 40 vehicles from car auctions.  The cars were...
3 Feb 2010
Residents in London have been warned to be on their guard following reports of fake trading standards officers turning up on doorsteps to offer loft insulation grants.The alert comes from Redbridge trading standards who have received complaints of bogus callers visiting residents to discuss energy efficiency – a cash payment is then requested to enable the victim to get a loft insulation grant.Anyone suspicious about a cold caller should take down as many details as possible, including their vehicle registration...
3 Feb 2010
Angus trading standards department has been honoured at the first Scottish Policing Awards for their work to fight off doorstep crime.The commended award in the category of public reassurance and community safety was given to Tayside  Police  Eastern Division and Partners, which includes Neighbourhood Watch, Angus social work  and health, and Angus care and repair together with the trading standards  service .The gong was a culmination of four years of partnership working on the Doorstoppers initiative. Senior trading standards officer Brian...
1 Feb 2010
Scamnesty 2010 was launched on February 1 in partnership with 129 trading standards services across the country.The OFT campaign is calling on consumers to drop scam mailings they have received into designated Scamnesty bins or boxes at local libraries and public areas across the country.The campaign is also highlighting the damaging emotional impact that scams can have on victims.This echoes the work done by the TSI-backed Think Jessica campaign which has been fighting to raise awareness of the damage caused by...
1 Feb 2010
Potentially dangerous counterfeit chainsaws have been seized by Dorset trading standards.Carmine Paolillo pleaded guilty on 28 January 2010 to an offence under the Trade Marks Act 1994 of being in possession with a view to sale of eight counterfeit Stihl chainsaws.  Mr Paolillo was fined £550 and orderd to pay prosecution costs of £50.Due to their construction the chainsaws are considered to be unsafe as each had a trigger lock and they would continue to operate if dropped. Anyone who has...
29 Jan 2010
TSI response (PDF 115KB). TSI cites the common interests held by itself and Consumer Focus Wales and states that they would be better served through partnership working.
29 Jan 2010
A publishing fraudster has been nailed following an investigation by Stoke-on-Trent trading standards officers and Staffordshire police. Paul Kemp, from Cheshire, led the fraud, worth at least £700,000, which involved setting up bogus publishing businesses that purported to produce anti-drugs leaflets for school children.The business names included The Publication Company (TPC), MM Publications (MMP), DotCom Publications (DotCom) and React Publications (React). A Cheshire fraudster who deceived businesses into backing a bogus anti-drugs campaign has been jailed for four and a...
27 Jan 2010