Amazing Savings had denied trading tens of thousands of fake branded toys with high street shops.
Director Jonathan ‘Jonny’ Kahn, 63, of Parkway, Golders Green, London denied peddling around 250,000 fake Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and other branded toys to high street chains, ripping off brands such as Hasbro, Marvel and Viacom. The defendant received a verdict of guilty to a string of 34 trademark offences. Judge Stuart Baker will pass sentence on 21st April.
The alleged offences came to attention during an investigation by Blackpool Council’s trading standards department after a tip off, that counterfeit 15cm Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles were on shelves of B&M Bargains. Other stores affected include TJ Morris, which runs Home Bargains, and Lewis Home Retail, which runs TJ Hughes.
During the week-long trial, it was revealed that when the company requested a sample, genuine products had been sent and received. However it is alleged that once the sale was agreed, Amazing Savings would source cheaper goods from the black market from the Far East.
The jury were told of incriminating e-mails between Kahn and a supplier in China, in which the supplier writes “We ask them to steal part of the goods for us around end of April”.
Councillor Gillian Campbell, deputy leader of Blackpool Council, commented: “This is a great result for what we believe is the biggest trading standards case of its kind in the UK”.