A MARKET trader, caught with a range of fake clothing, narrowly escaped prison after pleading guilty to five counts of counterfeiting offences.
Parvinder Singh, of Coventry, appeared before Aylesbury Crown Court on Friday following a case by brought by Milton Keynes Council’s Trading Standards.
Singh was sentenced to six months in jail suspended for two years and ordered to do 150 hours of unpaid work and ordered to pay £2,000 towards prosecution costs.
He was caught after a test purchase of a fake pair of ‘Nike’ trainers. The team then seized 768 ‘Nike’ trainers, 39 pairs of ‘Nike’ sports socks, 24 pairs of ‘G-Star Raw’ jeans and 20 ‘Diesel’ scarves from his MK market stall, his brother’s house in Coventry and a storage unit in Birmingham.
He bought and imported the goods from China via the internet, shipping them to fake addresses in Birmingham, while also signing for the storage unit with a fake identity. His computers and counterfeit goods were all seized. Head of Trading Standards, Karen Ford, said: “This case highlights the thoroughness of our investigations, even where offenders keep evidence in their homes and lockups away from Milton Keynes.”