Chichester shopkeeper escapes jail after selling fake goods

Over 450 items were confiscated by West Sussex County Council Trading Standards officers at Gifts Express, Chichester

Over 450 items were confiscated by West Sussex County Council Trading Standards officers at Gifts Express, Chichester

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A SHOPKEEPER has narrowly avoided jail after being found selling counterfeit brands.

Hosein Vafaie, 22, was found flogging counterfeit brands such as Cath Kidston and Obey in Gifts Express, Chichester, between February and March 2014.

West Sussex Trading Standards raided the shop and confiscated 450 items.

Vafaie, from Brighton, pleaded guilty in January to six charges under the Trade Marks Act 1994, The Copyright Designs and Patents Act 1988 and the Companies Act 2006.

At Worthing Magistrates Court Vafaie was sentenced to 11 weeks in custody, suspended for 12 months.

He was also handed an 18-week curfew to be monitored by an electronic tag and must pay a contribution of £1,500 towards the legal costs and an £80 victim surcharge.

Councillor David Barling, responsible for Trading Standards, said: ‘The sale of counterfeit products is harmful to local traders, particularly in the current economic climate.

‘When purchasing counterfeit products, residents are likely to be unaware of the origin of such items, particularly if they are not subjected to the stringent quality controls you would expect from a genuine product.

‘This is another positive outcome for consumers in West Sussex and, of course, our local businesses so I would like to thank our Trading Standards team for another excellent job.’

Anyone who is concerned about the sale of counterfeit goods or a possible scam is asked to contact the Citizens Advice Consumer Service for advice on 03454 04 05 06.

You can also report incidents direct to West Sussex Trading Standards online at westsussex.gov.uk/tsreport.

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