Stockport man found guilty of selling counterfeit goods

Mr Noor Ali was convicted of a number of criminal offences in relation to the supply of counterfeit goods by Manchester Crown Court on 2nd November 2018.

Mr Ali from Heald Green, pleaded guilty to running a Facebook business trading under the names of “Stockport’s Best Selling Page” and “Manchester Sales”, and using his home address to take orders and distribute the goods.

Following a number of complaints, Stockport Council’s Trading Standards carried out an investigation into Mr Ali’s activities.

During the operation, Trading Standards officers found that large quantities of counterfeit designer clothing and other goods were being advertised on social media and were subsequently supplied by Mr Ali, infringing registered trademarks such as “Ray-Ban” and “Canada Goose”. Counterfeit goods and equipment used to replicate genuine trademarks was seized from Mr Ali’s address, in addition to evidence that he was purchasing and supplying large numbers of counterfeit products.

Mr Ali was found guilty of conspiracy to de-fraud and was sentenced to 20 months imprisonment. He was also found guilty of a number of offences under the Trademarks Act 1994 and was sentenced to a further 6 months imprisonment (to run concurrently) in relation to these. The sentence was suspended for 2 years. Mr Ali was also ordered to re-pay a total of £51,270 in prosecution costs.

Councillor Sheila Bailey, Stockport Council’s Cabinet Member for Communities and Housing, said: "I’m pleased that the perpetrator has been caught and convicted. Not only is this practice misleading to consumers (who are likely to believe they are purchasing genuine products) but it also undermines legitimate businesses. This is an excellent result and a testament to the hard work of the officers involved.”

If you’re suspicious of illegal trading practices, please contact Trading Standards on 03454 04 05 06.