July 26th 2014
Officers from the Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit (PIPCU) have arrested a man on suspicion of selling thousands of pounds worth of fake designer clothing.
The 39-year-old from Leeds was arrested at his home by officers from the City of London Police unit. Officers found and seized over 500 items of suspected counterfeit clothing believed to be worth in excess of £25,000.
PIPCU alleges that the man was selling the fake designer clothing online in bulk at heavily discounted prices online.
DCI Andy Fyfe, Head of PIPCU: said “Today’s operation should serve as a warning to anyone thinking of dealing in counterfeit products. Whether it’s clothing, software or electrical goods, PIPCU is committed to combating criminals that gain financially from other people’s hard work."
PIPCU is a specialist police unit launched last year and initially funded by the Intellectual Property Office (IPO), which is part of the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills.
The unit is based within the Economic Crime Directorate of the City of London Police, the National Policing Lead for Fraud.