Glasgow & West Scotland

Fake goods seller Tarique Ali to pay £1 from £1m takings

A man from Glasgow who is thought to have made more than £1m selling counterfeit goods is to have just £1 seized under proceeds of crime laws.

Tarique Ali, 58, from Shawlands, was caught selling fake G Star, Nike, Armani, Lacoste and Ralph Lauren at the city's Barras Market in October 2009.

At Glasgow Sheriff Court, he was admonished and a confiscation order for £1 made as he had no assets.

The Crown can apply for more if Ali's financial situation changes in future.

Ali pleaded guilty to being concerned in the distribution of counterfeit goods.

The court heard he profited from the illegal enterprise by an estimated £1,323,580.

'Powerful tool'

As he has no available assets to pay the confiscation order, the court made the order for the "nominal" amount on £1.

Lindsey Miller, head of the serious and organised crime division, said: "The Proceeds of Crime Act is a powerful tool to ensure that criminals do not profit from their crimes.

"Even in cases such as this, where the accused has no available assets with which to pay an order, the legislation allows for confiscation orders to be made for nominal sums where there has been considerable financial benefit to the accused.

"The nominal order has the effect of preserving the Crown's position, meaning that if Mr Ali obtains any cash or assets in the future the Crown can ask the court to recalculate the confiscation order."

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