Brief: UK shopkeeper jailed for selling fake washing powder

Washing powderA UK man has been sent to prison for 18 months after being found guilty of selling counterfeit washing powder, shampoo and conditioner from his shop in Leyton, London.

Ali Riza Bozdag was also ordered to pay £5,000-worth of legal costs and also faces a Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA) confiscation order which will be decided at a later date, reports the East London and West Essex Guardian.

Bozdag's activities were discovered after customs intercepted 2,640 8kg boxes of fake washing powder en route to his business premises.

The judge said during sentencing that counterfeiting "is not a victimless crime [and] is expensive and time consuming to detect," adding that it "undermines the trust people have in legitimate traders."

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