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Traders Prosecuted: Trading Standards Offences

This is a list of traders, prosecuted by Trading Standards in Birmingham, that have been taken to court during the period March 2014 to September 2014.

Anuj Gupta
Pleaded guilty at Birmingham Magistrates Court on 4th March 2014 to four offences of possessing for supply unsafe children’s clothing at Kids Korner, Unit 1 Tulsi Centre, Constitution Hill, Birmingham which failed to comply with general safety requirements for the design and manufacture of children’s clothing and the British and European safety standard on cords and drawstrings on children’s clothing
Penalty total £3,200 (£800 x 4)
Costs £3,120 (£3,120 requested)
General Product Safety Regulations 2005

Zamir Ahmed
Pleaded guilty at Birmingham Magistrates Court on 7th March 2014 to 16 offences of having cosmetic products in possession for supply at Buywise, 77-79 Yardley Road, Acocks Green, Birmingham, six offences relate to products which contained illegal substances and ten offences relate to products which failed to comply with labeling requirements
Penalty total £16,000 (£1,000 x 16)
Costs £1,804 (£1,804 requested)
Consumer Protection Act 1987

Imran Mohammed
Pleaded guilty to five offences at Birmingham Crown Court on 10th March 2014 to one of offering to supply unhallmarked jewellery, namely a ring, from Gold Centre, 108/110 Alum Rock Road, to which was applied the oral description “22
carat gold”, one of providing false information by describing the jewellery as 22 carat gold when the products did not contain at least 91.6% gold and three offences relating to the possession of goods, namely a ring, for the purpose of
supply, which bore a registered trade mark without the consent of the trade mark proprietor
Penalty total £1,800 (£450 x Halmarking, £450 x CPUT Regs and £300 x 3 Trade Mark offences)
Costs £3,949 (£3,949 requested)
Hallmarking Act 1973, Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations 2008 & Trade Marks Act 1994

Asif Mahammed
Pleaded not guilty at Birmingham Crown Court on 13th March 2014 to 23 offences: 14 of making false representations as to the mileage of motor vehicles offered for sale on the Auto Trader website and 9 of using false service history booklets to induce customers to accept them as genuine. Found guilty after trial.
Penalty 4 years imprisonment on each offence to run concurrently
POCA Timetable set
Fraud Act 2006 & Forgery and Counterfeiting Act 1981

Mohammed Hussain
Pleaded guilty at Birmingham Magistrates Court on 21st March 2014 to two offences relating to a fast food business at Al-Madinah (Roti and Curry Junction), 666 Coventry Road, Small Heath, 1 offence relating to the use of the Halal Monitoring Committee logo on leaflets without having obtained the necessary authorization and 1 offence of adverstising
on the leaflets that all meat and chicken was HMC approved when it was not
Penalty total £760 (£380 x 2)
Costs £870 (£1,747 requested)
Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations 2008 & The European Communities Act 1972

Tan Cars Limited
Pleaded guilty at Birmingham Magistrates Court on 27th March 2014 to two offences; one relating to the sale of a VW Golf which was in a dangerous condition and one offence of describing the vehicle in an advertisement as “good condition inside and out” which was false in that the vehicle had excessive corrosion on the floor, subframe and subframe mountings.
Penalty total £1,000 (£250 – offence 1 & £750 – offence 2)
Costs £1,008 (£1,008 requested)
Road Traffic Act 1988 & Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations 2008

Zam Zam Travel Services 1 Ltd & Kayes Miah
Both defendants pleaded guilty at Birmingham Magistrates Court on 10th April 2014 to six offences of displaying the ATOL and IATA logos on the business website, business cards and exhibition stands without obtaining the necessary authorisation from the CAA or the International Air Transport Association. The Magistrates ordered forfeiture and destruction of the seized goods (41 business cards and 2 exhibition stands).
Penalty total £12,000 (Company £1,000 x 6 & (Director £1,000 x 6)
Costs £791 (£791 requested)
Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations 2008

Newemoo Ltd, Yi Li & Zhi Zheng
The Company pleaded guilty at Birmingham Magistrates Court on 7th May 2014 to 20 offences: 17 of offering to supply electrical goods, namely laptop adaptors and camera battery chargers at Newemoo Ltd, 2-4 Benacre Drive which were found to be unsafe in that they did not have adequate insulation and were not labelled correctly in that the manufacturer’s brand name or trade mark was not clearly printed on them. Two offences related to LED lamp lighting chains, the cover on the controllers was easily removed to expose live parts and the supply cord failed a pull test and the chains were not labelled correctly and one offence related to a camera kit charger which was not labelled correctly and was found to be unsafe.
Each Director pleaded guilty to 10 similar matters. Forfeiture Order granted for all goods seized.
Penalty total £21,000: £10,000 (£500 x 20)£6,000 (£600 x 10), £5,000 (£500 x 10)
Costs £5,172 (£5,172 requested in total)
Electrical Equipment Safety Regulations 1994 & Consumer Protection Act 1987

Amjad Mahmood Yousif T/A Crown Jewellers
Pleaded guilty at Birmingham Crown Court on 12th May 2014 to 17 offences: three of offering to supply unhallmarked jewellery namely rings and necklaces, from Crown Jewellers, 39 Formans Road, Birmingham, to which was applied the oral description “22 carat gold” indicating that they were wholly or partly made of gold, 11 offences of providing false information by describing rings as 22 carat gold when the products did not contain at least 91.6% gold and 3 of possessing goods, namely rings, for the purpose of supply, which bore registered trademarks without the consent of the trade mark proprietors.
Penalty 8 months imprisonment suspended for 18 months & 120 hours unpaid work
Costs £11,281 (£11,281 requested)
Trade Marks Act 1994, Hallmarking Act 1973 & Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations 2008

Hai Jing Ou
Pleaded guilty at Birmingham Magistrates Court on 13th May 2014 to two offences, one of possessing goods, namely a quantity of DVDs, for the purpose of supply which bore a registered trade mark, namely FACT, and one offence of having a video recording containing pornographic material in his possession, for which no classification had been issued.
Forfeiture order granted in respect of 253 DVDs seized.
Penalty 10 weeks imprisonment
No costs awarded
Trade Marks Act 1994 & Video Recordings Act 1984

Inderjit Singh & Ardenworth Ltd
The Director and Company both pleaded guilty at Birmingham Crown Court on 23rd May 2014 to five offences relating to the supply of adaptors from Unit 1, Well Street, Hockley which failed to comply with the Electrical Equipment (Safety) Regs in that they were unsafe. Mr Singh pleaded guilty to two further offences and the company to three offences of possessing mobile phone covers for the purpose of supply which bore registered trademarks without the consent of the trade mark proprietor. A forfeiture order was granted in respect of all items seized.
Penalty: Director 120 hours unpaid work Company £1,200 (£150 x 8)
Costs £8,389 (£8,389 requested)
Trade Marks Act 1994 & Electrical Equipment (Safety) Regulations & Consumer Protection Act 1987

Mohammed Ishfaq T/A Dixy Chicken
Pleaded guilty at Birmingham Magistrates Court on 5th June 2014 to one offence of being a fast food trader at Dixy Chicken, 623 Bordesley Green, Birmingham and using the Halal Monitoring Committee – UK HMC logo on Dixy Chicken Leaflets without having obtained the necessary authorisation from HMC (UK).
Penalty £750
Costs £500 (£1,333.25 requested)
Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations 2008

Crescent Trading Ltd T/A Islamic Impressions & Memuna Hanif
The Company and Director each pleaded guilty at Birmingham Magistrates Court on 20th June 2014 to 14 offences: four of possessing electric oil burners for supply at Islamic Impressions, 414 Coventry Road, Birmingham which were found to be unsafe, one of possessing a cosmetic product which was found to contain lead and the remaining nine offences of possessing for supply cosmetics and perfume which were not labelled correctly. The packaging failed to display information such as the name and address of the manufacturer, an indication of minimum durability, a list of ingredients and batch number.
Forfeiture order granted.
Penalty Company total £3,800 (£500 x 3, £200 x 10 & £300 x 1)
Director total £250 (£125 x 1, £50 x 1 & £75 x 1) with no separate penalty for remaining offences
Costs £1,349 (£1,349 requested)
Consumer Protection Act 1987

Concepts Int. Ltd
Pleaded guilty at Birmingham Magistrates Court on 23rd June 2014 to nine offences; six of having charger adaptors in possession for supply at Concepts Int. Ltd, 48 Great Hampton Street, which failed to comply with the Electrical Equipment (Safety) Regulations 1994 in that they were found not to have adequate insulation, the pins did not have adequate construction and were not labelled with a manufacturer’s name, trademark or identification mark or instructions for use. Chargers were found not to be manufactured in a way as to ensure protection from hazards. Three offences related to the
possession for supply of USB sticks and iPhone screen protectors which bore signs identical to or likely to be mistaken for registered trademarks, namely Microsoft Windows and Apple, without the consent of the trade mark proprietors.
Forfeiture order granted.
Penalty total £22,500 (£2,500 X 9)
Costs £2,868 (£2,868 requested)
Consumer Protection Act 1987

Mohammed Ali T/A AK Superstore
Pleaded guilty at Birmingham Magistrates Court on 27th June 2014 to 21 offences of offering cosmetic products for supply at A K Superstore, 640-642 Coventry Road, Birmingham. Five offences related to crème bleach which contained Hydrogen Peroxide, one offence related to Stillmans skin bleach which was found to contain Mercury and one offence related to KalaKola Hair tonic which was found to contain lead. One offence related to Bigen Permanent Powder Hair Colour which was found to contain p-Phenylenediamine. The remaining 13 offences related to other cosmetics which were not labelled correctly, the packaging failed to include details such as the name and address or registered office of the manufacturer, the minimum date of durability, ingredients or batch number.
Forfeiture order granted.
Penalty total £1,100 (£500 – cosmetics containing prohibited ingredients & £600 – labelling offences)
Costs £600 (£1,362 requested)
Consumer Protection Act 1987

Dalil Singh Bedi & Pound Plus Supermarket Ltd
Both Director and Company pleaded guilty at v on 18th July 2014 to 25 offences: nine of possessing adaptors for supply at Pound Plus Supermarket, 396 Dudley Road, Birmingham which were unsafe, 11 of offering cosmetic products for supply which were not correctly labelled, 1 relating to a product containing Barium salts and 4 of possessing chargers and earphones
for the purpose of supply which bore registered trademarks without the consent of the trade mark proprietors. Forfeiture order granted.
Penalty Company £3,400 x offence 14 relating to unsafe chargers with no separate penalty x remaining offences
Director 200 hours Community Order
Costs £2,276 (£2,276 requested)
Consumer Protection Act 1987/Trade Marks Act 1994

Mohammed Haroon, Mohammed Ilyas & Khalid Khan Shiraz
Each defendant pleaded guilty at Birmingham Magistrates Court on 8th August 2014 to seven offences: six relating to the possession for supply of upholstered furniture, namely fabric shoe shaped chairs and a headborad, at Carpet and Furniture Centre, 1050-1052 Coventry Road, Birmingham, which failed to comply with the Furniture and Furnishings (Fire) (Safety) Regulations in that permanent labels were not attached to the furniture and the headboard failed to pass the ignitability test. The seventh offence related to the failure to provide an officer with information when requested to do so which
would enable them to enforce the requirements of the regulations. Forfeiture and destruction order granted.
Penalty each fined £140 – offence 1 with no separate penalty for other offences
Costs £600 x each defendant (£1,800 requested)
Consumer Protection Act 1987

Furniture Wholesale Central Ltd & Dinesh Karshan Visavadia
Each defendant pleaded guilty at Birmingham Magistrates Court on 14th August 2014 to 15 offences relating to the possession for supply of upholstered furniture, namely footstools, sofas and Lazyboy loungers, at Furniture Wholesale Central, Plated Strip, Wharfdale Road, Birmingham, which failed to comply with the Furniture and Furnishings (Fire) (Safety) Regulations in that permanent labels were not attached to the furniture and 3 of the items failed to pass the ignitability test. Forfeiture and destruction order granted.
Penalty company £11,250 (£750 x 15) Director £3,000 (£200 x 15)
Costs £1,363 (£1,363 requested)
Consumer Protection Act 1987

Al Kabir Travel & Tours Ltd
Pleaded guilty at Birmingham Magistrates Court on 28th August 2014 to four offences: two of displaying the ATOL and IATA logos on the business website and Facebook page without obtaining the necessary authorisation from the CAA or the International Air Transport Association and 2 offences of falsely claiming on their website to have been serving the UK Muslim community for 12 years and stating that they owned a hotel in Makkah.
Penalty £8,000 (£2,000 x 4)
Costs £1,606 (£1,606 requested)
Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations 2008 & European Communities Act 1972

Mohammed Haroon, Mohammed Ilyas & Khalid Khan Shiraz
Each defendant pleaded guilty at Birmingham Magistrates Court on 8th August 2014 to seven offences: six relating to the possession for supply of upholstered furniture, namely fabric shoe shaped chairs and a headborad, at Carpet and Furniture Centre, 1050-1052 Coventry Road, Birmingham, which failed to comply with the Furniture and Furnishings (Fire) (Safety) Regulations in that permanent labels were not attached to the furniture and the headboard failed to pass the ignitability test. The seventh offence related to the failure to provide an officer with information when requested to do so which would enable them to enforce the requirements of the regulations. Forfeiture and destruction order granted.
Penalty each fined £140 – offence 1with no separate penalty for other offences
Costs £600 x each defendant (£1,800 requested)
Consumer Protection Act 1987

Furniture Wholesale Central Ltd & Dinesh Karshan Visavadia
Each defendant pleaded guilty at Birmingham Magistrates Court on 14th August 2014 to 15 offences relating to the possession for supply of upholstered furniture, namely footstools, sofas and Lazyboy loungers, at Furniture Wholesale Central, Plated Strip, Wharfdale Road, Birmingham, which failed to comply with the Furniture and Furnishings (Fire) (Safety) Regulations
in that permanent labels were not attached to the furniture and 3 of the items failed to pass the ignitability test. Forfeiture and destruction order granted.
Penalty company £11,250 (£750 x 15) director £3,000 (£200 x 15)
Costs £1,363 (£1,363 requested)
Consumer Protection Act 1987

Munawar Zaman & Zaman Brothers Wholesale Halal Meat Ltd
Both defendants pleaded guilty at Birmingham Crown Court on 5th September 2014 to two offences; one of supplying boxes of meat and fat to Golden Delight, 26 Clayton Road, Saltley, to which labels were applied indicating they were Halal Monitoring Committee UK certified when in fact they had been printed without the knowledge of or approval of the Halal Monitoring Committee UK and one offence of having in possession, 5,000 consecutively numbered labels in the style of those issued by the Halal Monitoring Committee UK with a view to applying them to meat or fat produced for sale.
Penalty director Community Order x 12 months with 120 hours unpaid work
company total £7,500 (£5,000 offence 1 & £2,500 – offence 2 )
Costs £8,500 (£8,500 requested)
Fraud Act 2006

A2Z Travel Ltd
The Company were found guilty in their absence at Birmingham Magistrates Court on 8th September 2014 of three offences in connection with an Umrah package being sold by A2Z Travel Ltd, 208 Chorley Old Road, Bolton; two offences of failing to supply information relating to arrangements for security for money paid for repatriation in the event of insolvency and an insurance policy to cover the cost of cancellation and one offence of omitting to inform consumers that they acted as an agent.The company had previously pleaded guilty to one offence of having false information on the company website
stating “We are a fully bonded member of ABTA” in that they did not hold an Association of British Travel Agents (ABTA).
Penalty Total £1,830 (£500 x 3 & £330 x 1 ABTA offence)
Costs £2,087 (£3,164 requested)
Compensation £1.390
Package Travel, Package Holidays and Package Tours Regulations 1992 &
Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations 2008

JKY Food Solutions Ltd
Pleaded guilty at Birmingham Crown Court on 10th September 2014 to one offence relating to the sale of a box of chicken from 96 Bissell Street, Highgate, Birmingham, falsely described as Halal chicken when it was not Halal
Penalty £35,000
Costs £26,910 (£26,910 requested)
General Food Regulations 2004

Dean Patrick Oliver
The defendant, being the Director of Vision Investments and Travel Group Limited, Warwick Road, Digbeth, pleaded not guilty at Birmingham Crown Court on 25th September 2014 to 21 offences; 19 of making representations to
consumers which were untrue or misleading namely that payments made were for flight tickets that had actually been booked, consumers were encouraged to pay by cash but the tickets were never received and two offences of producing false wage slips when employees were never paid. Found guilty
Penalty 3 years imprisonment & Director Disqualification for 7 years
No order as to costs
Fraud Act 2006 & Forgery and Counterfeiting Act 1981