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Verkäufer gefälschter Fußballtrikots muss 118.000 Pfund zurückzahlen oder muss mit Gefängnis rechnen – SportsLogos.Net News

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A British man convicted of selling counterfeit Premier League football jerseys – including those of Manchester United, Arsenal, and Liverpool FC – through social media has been ordered to repay over £118,000 ($150,000) or face a prison sentence.

Sajid Hussain from Bradford in West Yorkshire, England, pleaded guilty in May 2022 to unauthorized possession and distribution of counterfeit brands. He was sentenced to a 12-month community order and 150 hours of unpaid work. Last week, the Bradford Crown Court approved a confiscation order requiring Hussain to repay a portion of the profits he made from these sales or face imprisonment.

The West Yorkshire Trading Standards estimated that Hussain had earned nearly £330,000 ($420,000) from selling fake jerseys. The repayment amount was calculated based on the sum in his bank accounts, as well as undisclosed gifts and hidden assets that are currently under investigation.

„The Proceeds of Crime Act allows us to recover the proceeds of a criminal’s crime through confiscation orders. We will pursue and reclaim the assets of those involved in this type of criminal activity and ensure they cannot use their ill-gotten gains to further their illegal enterprises,“ said Linda Davis, Manager of West Yorkshire Trading Standards.

Hussain first came to the attention of authorities in June 2019 when test purchases of a Manchester United jersey revealed they were counterfeits. Working with manufacturer Adidas, it was confirmed that the products were fake. A few months later, a package addressed to Hussain containing 39 counterfeit items was intercepted at Leeds Bradford International Airport.

In January 2020, West Yorkshire Trading Standards and police executed a search warrant at Hussain’s residence, seizing more counterfeit items. Brand protection officials from Nike and Adidas were also present during the search. Financial investigations revealed that Hussain’s PayPal account had a total turnover of £161,000 between January 2017 and August 2019.

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