Three men in Leicester have been jailed over the manufacturing of thousands of pounds worth of fake designer goods. Shinderpal Singh (56) and his two sons, Kuldip Singh (26) and Sarbjit Singh (24), of Kully Screen Printing Ltd, in Galby Street, Spinney Hills, Leicester were accused of operating a “large-scale, highly sophisticated and professional operation”. All three, admitted offences under the 1994 Trade Mark Act, between October 2010 and August 2011.
Kuldip Singh (26), who the court described as the “principal offender”, was sentenced to 23 months and banned from holding a company directorship for five years. His father and brother were each sentenced to eleven months in prison.
Naomi Gilchrist, prosecuting for Leicester City Council trading standards, stated that more than 100,000 fake T-shirts, hooded tops and tracksuit bottoms were seized, infringing on the trademarks of 27 brand names including Diesel, Lacoste and Hugo Boss.
The past decade has seen an explosion in the counterfeit goods industry and it is now estimated that 20% of clothing and shoes are now counterfeit. Although the internet has become the primary market place for fake goods, bricks and mortar shops and market places are still used to sell these products and tourists are often duped into buying them. We all know the nasty business that goes on behind the counterfeit goods industry, funding terrorism, child slave labour, and who can forget the clothes made with animal faeces? Remember – Fakes Are Never In Fashion!