Plot for 250,000 fake toys leads to con­vic­tion

The Jewish Chronicle - - NEWS - BYJCREPORTER

THEDIRECTORof afirmthat­planned to put 250,000 coun­ter­feit toys on the shelves of high-street stores could be jailed for his role in the op­er­a­tion.

Jonathan Kahn, 63, of Gold­ers Green, Lon­don, had de­nied ped­dling tens of thou­sand­sof fakeTeenageMu­tan­tNinja Tur­tles fig­ures and other branded toys.

Kahn’s fam­ily mem­bers sobbed in court when guilty ver­dicts were re­turned on 34 trade-mark of­fences. He was con­victed at Preston Crown Court on Fe­bru­ary 8 in what is thought to be the big­gest case of its kind in Bri­tain.

Kahn, a mem­ber of a Strictly Ortho­dox com­mu­nity, is a di­rec­tor of Amaz­ing Sav­ings Ltd (ASL), which was in­volved in the plan to rip off brands in­clud­ing Marvel, Has­bro and Vi­a­com.

The­of­fencese­merged dur­ing a probe by Black­pool Coun­cil’s trad­ing stan­dards depart­ment af­ter a tip-off.

Dur­ing a week-long trial, the court heard that, when sales had been agreed and the com­pa­nies re­quested a sam­ple, gen­uine fig­ures had been sent.

But ASL later sourced cheaper, black­mar­ket goods from the Far East. Ju­rors were told of in­crim­i­nat­ing e-mails be­tween Kahn and his main sup­plier from China — call­ing him­self Ed­die Wong — in which “Wong” tells him: “We ask them to steal part of the goods for us around end of April.”

Among the thou­sands of fake fig­ures sold by Kahn were more than 22,000 coun­ter­feit tur­tles and al­most 43,000 fake Spi­der­man fig­ures dur­ing 2014 and 2015. A trad­ing stan­dards raid on ASL’s of­fices found 54 gen­uine toy sam­ples, but of­fi­cers vis­ited a dis­trib­u­tor and seized items be­lieved to be coun­ter­feit. Trad­ing stan­dards re­vis­ited ASL and seized com­puter ev­i­dence which re­vealed the firm was in di­rect con­tact with China. Judge Stu­art Baker will pass sen­tence on April 21. Black­pool Coun­cil said the con­vic­tion was “a great re­sult for what we be­lieve is the big­gest trad­ing stan­dards case of its kind in the UK.”.

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