Fake clothing peddlers sentenced in UK

Two men in the UK have received suspended jail sentences for their part in the large-scale distribution and sale of fake footwear in Wales.

Sukhwant Padda Singh (55) and his nephew Kanwaljit Singh (27) of Wolverhampton in the West Midlands pleaded both guilty to trademark offences, while the former also admitted participating in fraudulent business practices. There were sentenced to 12 months and six months in prison respectively, in both cases suspended for two years, as well as 240 and 150 hours of unpaid community work.

The pair supplied counterfeit Timberland, Converse, Nike, Adidas and Ugg shoes to a network of small-scale sellers who took passion of the goods at a market in Bristol and passed them on to customers in South Wales, mainly in Swansea. An investigation by Trading Standards followed the supply chain upstream until it snared the Wolverhampton pair, according to a WalesOnline report.

The operation was busted after wans carrying the goods to Bristol from the West Midlands were intercepted carrying counterfeits goods as well as equipment to attach labels to footwear.

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