A BUSINESSMAN has been jailed for a year for selling counterfeit and dangerous mobile telephone accessories on the cheap.
Shahid Said, of Waltham Avenue, Kingsbury, sold goods that breached the trademarks of several well-known brands.
He was prosecuted by Brent and Harrow Trading Standards after an investigation lasting several years found the 34-year-old and his businesses, Platinum Connect Ltd and Platinum Electronics Ltd, of Whitchurch Lane, Edgware , were offering fake products for sale.
Many of the electric products breached electrical equipment safety regulations.
The failures included inadequate markings, lack of suitable insulation and a lack of protection against electric shock.
Said was sentenced at Harrow Crown Court last week to eight months' jail after admitting four breaches of Trademark Act regulations and a further four months after pleading guilty to two breaches of Electrical Equipment Safety Regulations.
The companies were fined £10,000 and Said was asked to pay back £21,788.41 under the Proceeds of Crime Act.
David Thrale, head of regulatory services at Brent Council, said: “The Trading Standards team did a brilliant job over a number of years to ensure that consumers were protected from the potentially dangerous goods that Mr Said's companies were selling.
“Consumers should always be suspicious when they see exclusive brands at such discounted prices and report anything suspicious to Trading Standards.
“Vendors should be aware that Trading Standards conduct market surveillance into unsafe products and will take any issues of non-compliance seriously.”