Man sentenced for selling fake goods online
Ashraf Takawy, aged 53 years of Oaklands Road, London W7 was sentenced at
the Old Bailey on Tuesday 3 January 2017 to 21 months, suspended for two
years, following an investigation by City of London Police’s Intellectual
Property Crime Unit (PIPCU). He will also serve a four month curfew order.
Takawy was convicted of three offences under the Fraud Act 2006 and Trade
Marks Act 1994 and one offence of money laundering under the Proceeds of
Crime Act 2002. He purchased fake goods from China and set up a website
‘Beautyobsessed.co.uk’ to market fake branded perfumes, cosmetics and hair
straighteners. Takawy also marketed the items on internet auction rooms as
On the 21st May 2015 PIPCU officers arrested Takawy and a woman at his home
Following a search of the property 41 fake hair straighteners and 219 fake
branded perfume bottles were seized with a total expected sale price of
During the investigation, further items including fake perfumes and hair
straighteners were seized having been sent to him from suppliers in China.
Detective Sergeant Gary Brown of the Police Intellectual Property Crime
Unit said: -
"This investigation and subsequent prosecution was aimed at protecting the
public from inferior and sometimes dangerous items.
“Fake hair straighteners have been known to present risk of personal injury
and causing fires, whilst fake cosmetics and perfume have the potential to
cause serious skin complaints.
“We work with the cosmetic industry and its representatives to help reduce
the sale of fake goods online.
“Despite this work the public need to be aware that items that are
significantly cheaper than at established retailers can often be fake