BRADFORD FAMILY PLEADS GUILTY TO FRAUD CONSPIRACY

Friday 11 January

BRADFORD FAMILY PLEADS GUILTY TO FRAUD CONSPIRACY IN LARGEST COUNTERFEITING CASE EVER UNDERTAKEN BY WEST YORKSHIRE TRADING STANDARDS

Five members of an extended family, Amar, Yasir and Qaisar Choudry of Duchy Crescent, Bradford, their brother Faisal Choudry of Duchy Drive, Bradford, their brother-in-law Mudasar Alishan of Oakdale Drive, Shipley, today pleaded guilty to conspiracy to defraud at Bradford Crown Court.

The case was brought by West Yorkshire Trading Standards following a tip off by private investigators Surelock International who represent leading brands in the music industry. A 2 year investigation followed into an industrial-scale screen printing operation in which the registered trademarks of leading music artists, bands and sports teams were illegally printed onto clothing and distributed globally via eBay and Amazon.

They will be sentenced together with Stephen Carr of Carr Lane, Riddlesden, who pleaded guilty to conspiracy at an earlier hearing, on 22 February 2019.

David Lodge, Head of Trading Standards said: β€œThe trade in counterfeit goods is not a victimless crime, it impacts directly on UK jobs and the high street, this Service will continue to bring to justice those individuals seeking to benefit from the theft of intellectual property. Anyone with any information about counterfeiting should contact the Citizens Advice Consumer Helpline on 03454 04 05 06.”

Councillor Pauleen Grahame, Chair of the West Yorkshire Joint Services Governance and Audit Sub-Committee which oversees the work of Trading Standards commented: β€œI fully support the action taken by trading standards in this case; the trade in counterfeit goods costs jobs and harms our communities. This should serve as a warning to other traders who may be involved in any illegal activity.”