Bootlegger ordered to pay £29,000

On Monday 21 September 2015 East London resident Todien Tran, appeared at Snaresbrook Crown Court and contested all the charges pleading not guilty. After a week’s trial he was found guilty of all charges and sentenced to a fine of £10,000 with £19,000 costs.

This follows a lengthy investigation starting in 2013 by TRAP partner Surelock, who identified a number of wholesalers selling counterfeit music artists bags including The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, One Direction, Justin Bieber, Bob Marley amongst others.

Premises were raided with officers from Hackney Trading Standards and large quantities of counterfeits were seized from two particular wholesalers, Tran Link Limited and Angel Bags of East London, both owned by Mr Tran.