Cambridgeshire

Jail term for Peterborough man for selling fake bike helmets

Counterfeit goods
Image caption This motorcycle crash helmet was meant to survive five tests but shattered after only two

A man who sold unsafe motorcycle helmets and fake car parts has been given a suspended jail sentence and been told to pay back £182,000.

Moortaza Walji, who runs BargainworldUK in Peterborough, admitted 30 charges relating to counterfeit trade marks and breaches of product safety regulations.

Peterborough Crown Court was told a helmet he sold, which should have survived five safety tests, shattered after only two.

Walji said he was "deeply embarrassed".

He was given a six-month jail sentence, suspended for one year, ordered to do 180 hours of unpaid community work and pay back £182,000 under the Proceeds of Crime Act.

Image caption Moortaza Walji said he was naive in business and had been misled by suppliers

Walji said he had been misled and misinformed by his suppliers in China.

The firm continues to operate from an industrial estate in Peterborough.

No-one hurt

Car maker Ford complained about counterfeit goods being sold under its name and Peterborough City Council trading standards officers raided BargainworldUK premises.

Image caption Fake ornaments such as this were sold, claiming to be genuine

They found a wide range of car accessories and ornamental items, including car marque badges.

Sentencing Walji, recorder Sandeep Kainth: "You operated a legitimate business which continues.

"By way of naivety and ignorance you found yourself selling items that were not legitimate. Maybe you trusted people. Maybe you accepted people by what they had to say on their word.

"Your own inquiries were not sufficient to be confident that the items you imported were not in direct contravention of our very strict UK and European laws. Thankfully no-one was hurt."

Mr Kainth praised Walji for recalling the motorcycle helmets as soon as trading standards carried out their search warrant of two houses and the industrial unit.

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