Following an investigation conducted by the Public Protection Partnership’s (PPP) Trading Standards Team, Nabeel Ahmed and Nazia Iqbal of Maidenhead have been found guilty of selling counterfeit goods.
The couple both had companies trading on eBay selling branded and unbranded electronic goods. Trading Standards received a complaint from HP regarding a printer cartridge purchased from Ahmed’s eBay page which they confirmed was counterfeit.
After obtaining a warrant, officers entered Ahmed and Iqbal’s home address and seized a large amount of counterfeit goods. Financial investigations into their bank accounts revealed significant cash and PayPal transactions, as well as transfers to accounts in China.
After a three week trial, it took the jury three hours to convict Ahmed and Iqbal. Sentencing is due to take place in April.
Cllr John Harrison, Executive Member for Culture, Delivery and Public Protection said:
“This was an extremely serious case relating to the sale and possession of counterfeit goods and money laundering. It resulted from a complex investigation undertaken by staff from Trading Standards working alongside the PPP Case Management Unit.”
The Public Protection Partnership is a shared service of Bracknell Forest Council, West Berkshire Council and Wokingham Borough Council, delivering trading standards, environmental health and licensing functions.