Counterfeit toy manufacturer receives two-year suspended sentence
An investigation by the Trading Standards has uncovered a £1.5m scam of counterfeit toys which were sold in the UK.
Jonathan “Jonny” Kahn, director of Company Amazing Savings Ltd (ASL), Golders Green, London, has been given a two year jail term; suspended for two years; must serve 300 hours of unpaid work and is disqualified from being a company director for four years.
The father of 12 and his firm were found guilty of a string of 34 trade mark offences at Preston Crown Court, and he was disqualified from being a company director for four years. He must also do 300 hours of unpaid work.
Mr Kahn sold more than £1m of fake Teenage Mutant Hero Turtles and other branded toys to major high street shops. The case is believed to be one of the biggest Trading Standards cases in the United Kingdom.
“The offences involved importing, and either selling or storing, some 265,000 toys at a total sale price to your customers of over £1.5m,” Judge Stuart Baker said.
“Some of those have been returned to you and I’m told you’ve had to reimburse your customers, but these figures are a reflection of the scale of the business and you and your company were involved in.”
“You knew throughout or at some stage that you were buying counterfeit goods. You were informed by Trading Standards officers that some Spiderman toys supplied were counterfeit. Nevertheless, you continued to buy. I am unable to accept you honestly believed the toys which you supplied or continued to hold in storage were in fact genuine toys.”
District Judge Baker said such cases not only undermined public confidence in the goods they buy, but also have the effect of damaging the trading revenue and reputation of the genuine owners of the trade marks.
“It is a knowing trade in counterfeit goods. Jonathan Kahn is a businessman with over 40 years’ experience and there are previous warnings for him and opportunities to gain experience, with previous encounters of infringing goods.”
Trade mark infringement is a serious offence and as you can see above it has serious consequences.