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Man sentenced for selling fake goods online

Ashraf Takawy, aged 53 years of Oaklands Road, London W7 was sentenced at the Old Bailey on Tuesday 3 January 2017 to 21 months, suspended for two years, following an investigation by City of London Police’s Intellectual Property Crime Unit (PIPCU). He will also serve a four month curfew order.

Takawy was convicted of three offences under the Fraud Act 2006 and Trade Marks Act 1994 and one offence of money laundering under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002. He purchased fake goods from China and set up a website ‘’ to market fake branded perfumes, cosmetics and hair straighteners. Takawy also marketed the items on internet auction rooms as genuine goods.

On the 21st May 2015 PIPCU officers arrested Takawy and a woman at his home address.

Following a search of the property 41 fake hair straighteners and 219 fake branded perfume bottles were seized with a total expected sale price of around £21,000

During the investigation, further items including fake perfumes and hair straighteners were seized having been sent to him from suppliers in China.

Detective Sergeant Gary Brown of the Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit said: -

"This investigation and subsequent prosecution was aimed at protecting the public from inferior and sometimes dangerous items.

“Fake hair straighteners have been known to present risk of personal injury and causing fires, whilst fake cosmetics and perfume have the potential to cause serious skin complaints.

“We work with the cosmetic industry and its representatives to help reduce the sale of fake goods online.

“Despite this work the public need to be aware that items that are significantly cheaper than at established retailers can often be fake goods.

For more information on the dangers of fake goods and how PIPCU works to tackle the trade go to

The Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit is a specialist national police unit dedicated to protecting the UK industries that produce legitimate, high quality, physical goods and online and digital content from intellectual property crime.

The operationally independent unit was launched in September 2013 with funding from the Intellectual Property Office (IPO). The unit is based within the Economic Crime Directorate of the City of London Police, which is the National Policing Lead for Fraud.

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