Costly Counterfeiting: Trader who supplied fake Audi car parts pleads guilty to 16 trademark offences and ordered to give up £187k assets

Thursday 22 October

Zeeshan Khan, Director of Xenonz UK Ltd was sentenced on 26th February 2019 to a 12 month community order for 250 hours of unpaid work following a hearing at Bradford Crown Court. The defendant had previously pleaded guilty to 16 trademarks offences as a result of an investigation into the online sale of counterfeit car parts bearing the Audi trademark.

The company came to the attention of West Yorkshire Trading Standards when Audi voiced concerns after making a test purchase from the company. When Audi examined the purchased item they confirmed it was counterfeit.

As a result of the test purchase West Yorkshire Trading Standards attended at the business premises of Xenonz UK, Unit 4, Crown Works, Parry Lane, Bradford. During that search a further 403 counterfeit items were discovered, all relating to Audi trademarked goods. The total value of these items was over £12,000.00.

On 22nd October 2020, a confiscation hearing under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 was held at Bradford Crown Court where Zeeshan Khan was found to have benefited from his offending to the amount of £309,994.04. His assets available for confiscation were calculated as £187,664.77 and, as such, a confiscation order was made for £187,664.77. He has been given three months to pay.

Linda Davis, West Yorkshire Trading Standards Manager said, “Counterfeiting not only costs brand holders millions each year, it can also cost the consumer. Counterfeit goods are often of a poorer quality and may not have been tested to the correct UK safety standards. I would strongly advise consumers, especially in the run up to Christmas, to purchase genuine goods to ensure they are getting the quality and safety standards legitimate brands uphold.”

Councillor Pauleen Grahame, Chair of the West Yorkshire Joint Services Governance and Audit Sub-Committee which oversees the work of Trading Standards said, “This is a great result for the West Yorkshire Trading Standards Service. Some of the money recovered from this criminal activity will go back into investigating these types of crimes and making sure that West Yorkshire residents are protected. Consumers might be tempted by the low price of counterfeit car parts, however I would urge West Yorkshire residents to think twice before purchasing due, to the uncertainty of their safety standards.”

If you suspect someone of selling counterfeit goods, please report to Citizens Advice Consumer Hotline on 0808 223 1133.