Posted on: Thursday 20 September 2018
A Cwmbran trader has been caught selling fake hand bags and luggage from a town centre store.
Rakesh Kumar was selling a range of fakes from his shop trading as “Luggage and Bags” in Cwmbran town centre.
Fake brands on offer included Radley, Liverpool Football Club, Simpsons and Minions.
Mr Kumar was caught following an investigation by trading standards.
He pleaded guilty to offences under the Trade Marks Act 1994 at a hearing in Newport Magistrates Court on 13 September 2018.
He was fined £1000 and made to pay a £30 victim surcharge and other costs of £1,750.
Councillor Fiona Cross, Executive Member with responsibility for Public Protection in Torfaen, said: “The sale of fake goods is a serious criminal offence which undermines legitimate businesses.
"Fake goods can be inferior quality and even unsafe, and people caught selling them risk a heavy fine or a prison sentence. They can also have their financial affairs investigated.
“We work hard to tackle the sale of fake items in Torfaen and Blaenau Gwent and I would urge anyone with information to contact us.”
Contact the Torfaen and Blaenau Gwent trading standards team on:
Telephone 01633 647623