3rd June 2024

Football faker ordered to pay up

A man who sold counterfeit football shirts online has been hit with a POCA order.


By JTS Staff
Journal of Trading Standards' in-house team
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A counterfeit sportswear seller who was convicted of selling fake football kits on social media has been ordered to repay more than £118,000 in illicit earnings following a Proceeds of Crime Act application by West Yorkshire Trading Standards.

Sajid Hussain from Bradford pleaded guilty to 26 counts of unauthorised possession and distribution of trademarks in April 2022, and was sentenced in May 2022 to a 12-month community order and 150 hours of unpaid work.

A counterfeit football shirt seized from Hussain (image credit: West Yorkshire Trading Standards)

He has now been ordered to repay £118,235 or face jail. The figure was arrived at based on money in Hussian’s bank accounts totalling £7,709.43, with the remaining £110,525.57 being ‘tainted gifts and hidden assets’, according to West Yorkshire Trading Standards.

Test purchases were conducted in June 2019 by Manchester United brand holders, and in August 2019 West Yorkshire Trading Standards received a package from Leeds Bradford International Airport, intended for Hussain, containing 39 counterfeit items. Investigations revealed that Hussain’s PayPal account had total sales of £161,000 between January 2017 and August 2019.

West Yorkshire Trading Standards, along with police and brand protection officers from Nike and Adidas, executed a warrant in January 2020 at Hussain’s home, where counterfeit items were seized. Financial enquiries uncovered evidence of the sale of counterfeit items through the defendant’s personal bank accounts.

Linda Davis, West Yorkshire Trading Standards Manager said, “The Proceeds of Crime Act allows us to recoup a criminal’s benefit from crime via confiscation orders, and we will pursue and recover assets of those involved in this type of offending, ensuring they cannot use their ill-gotten gains to further their illegal enterprises.”

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