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Fake jewellery seller convicted

Counterfeit jewellery costs Edmonton Green jeweller over £36,000

Some of the counterfeit rings found for sale
Some of the counterfeit gold rings found for sale (credit Enfield Council)

A jeweller which sold fake designer products to its customers in Edmonton has been fined more than £36,000 following a trading standards investigation.

Orhan Onur, of Raglan Road in Bush Hill Park, and his company Emirhan Gold Limited, were said by Enfield Council to have shown “blatant disregard” for their customers after selling scores of gold rings, bracelets, pendants and earrings falsely branded with the names of BMW, Mercedes, Chanel, Bvlgari and Versace.

Enfield Council’s trading standards officers visited Onur Jewellers at Unit 26 of Edmonton Green Shopping Centre in November 2018, when 118 separate items of gold jewellery up for sale on the premises were seized on suspicion of breaching trademarks.

The defendants were ordered to pay a total of £36,262 in fines, including £21,987 of realisable assets, after a hearing at Highbury Corner Magistrates Court last month. Emirhan Gold Limited, which owns Onur Jewellers and for which Onur himself is director, had pleaded guilty to five counts of breaching the Trade Marks Act 1994.

The seized jewellery, worth between £16,000 (gold value) and £34,000 (street value), will now be smelted, removing the false trademarks. The gold will then be sold to contribute to the order paid by the guilty parties.

A council spokesperson said: “We were very pleased that the council’s trading standards team took swift action against a jeweller who showed a blatant disregard for its consumers and broke the law.

“We cannot and will not tolerate such illegal activity on our high streets and in our shopping centres in Enfield.

“We hope this prosecution will send out a clear message to any other rogue traders selling counterfeit goods in the borough. We will find you and we will prosecute you.”

Enfield Council’s trading standards service is responsible for protecting consumers and businesses in the borough by ensuring a safe and fair trading environment. For more information visit enfield.gov.uk/services/business-and-licensing/trading-standards


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