Buyersbargin LTD: Romford owner sentenced

Published:
11:05 a.m. June 5, 2022



Updated:
11:16 a.m. June 5, 2022

A director of the Romford company has been convicted of attempting to sell unsafe and counterfeit electrical products with a retail value of £54,000.

Last month, Rizwan Nasir, director of online business Buyersbargin LTD, was sentenced to three months in jail for failing to comply with security rule requirements at Snaresbrook Crown Court.

The 52-year-old’s sentence was suspended for 18 months.

His prosecution follows an investigation aided by Havering Council’s Trading Standards Team in partnership with National Trading Standards Officers and the Metropolitan Police.

The investigation revealed that a large number of items, with a retail value of £54,000, were falsely branded as products made by names including Apple, Samsung, Beats and Sennheiser.

These items were found to be counterfeit or contrary to UK safety regulations.

Nasir’s company was also found guilty of six violations of failing to comply with safety rule requirements, as well as three counts of unauthorized trademarking.

The judge issued a forfeiture order against the online business, which sold power chargers, adapters, plugs, cables and headphones.

It comes after warrants were issued in March 2018 and resulted in the seizure of a large number of goods at an address in Romford.

The items were verified for authenticity and safety, with 23 items labeled Apple and Beats and 17 bearing the Sennheiser name found to be counterfeit.

Another 16 electrical appliances failed safety tests and would have posed a risk to the public.

Councilor Ray Morgan said: ‘This is a great achievement for our Trading Standards team whose priority is keeping Havering residents and visitors safe.

“The goods found in this case posed a potential safety risk, but our action meant they never reached the shelves to cause a hazard.”

He added that the outcome of the investigation is a “good example” of the council’s partnership with National Trading Standards and the police.

Trish Burls, Chair of the National Trade Standards Tri-Regional Survey Team, said: “This survey highlights the value and success of a partnership between a local authority and our national and regional trade standards teams.

“Our teams were able to provide extensive and valuable investigative and evidentiary support to Havering’s trading standards managers, helping to bring together the various strands of this complex investigation.

“It allowed all the facts of the offenses to be presented and examined in court, sending a clear message that fraudulent activity will not be tolerated.”

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