Payback for fakes racket

Foxhall Fashions where counterfeit goods were sold.

Foxhall Fashions where counterfeit goods were sold.

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A shopkeeper who sold hundreds of fake items of clothing has been ordered to pay back almost £67,500 by the courts.

Preston Crown Court heard Sadiq Asmal Patel benefited to the value of £150,000 while selling counterfeit clothing at his shop Foxhall Fashions on Dale Street, Blackpool.

The 36-year-old was told by Recorder Rowena Goode he has just six months to repay the £67,451.50 or he faces 18 months in prison.

Prosecutors told the court trading standards officers from Blackpool Council confiscated hundreds of items including T-shirts, hoodie tops and trainers bearing designer names such as Adidas, Henleys, Nike and Rockport.

Patel, of Oxford Street, Preston, has traded from the premises for eight years.

His premises were visited by council officers on May 20, 2011 and more than 250 counterfeit items were seized.

He pleaded guilty to possessing goods with counterfeit trademarks at Blackpool Magistrates Court and the matter was referred to Preston Crown Court at Preston for the proceeds of crime hearing.

The court heard Patel had previous convictions for possessing goods with counterfeit trademarks.

Coun Gillian Campbell, Blackpool Council cabinet member responsible for public protection, said: “Selling counterfeit goods defrauds consumers and harms legitimate businesses.

“We take a proactive approach to clamping down on the sale of counterfeit goods and will not hesitate to use Proceeds of Crime legislation to seize the ill-gotten gains of those who sell them.

“We will use the recouped money to continue to protect consumers.”

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