Punjab-origin woman in Birmingham convicted for running fake clothing scheme

A Punjab-origin woman and an Asian man convicted by the Birmingham crown court for their role in running a counterfeit clothing factory in Leicester, east Midlands were given one-year suspended prison sentences.

Tarsem Kaur, 46, and Altaf Sattar, 60, pleaded guilty to a total of 22 offences of counterfeiting under the Trade Marks Act, officials in Leicester said.

Swing tags for Nike, Superdry, UGG and other popular brands were found.
Swing tags for Nike, Superdry, UGG and other popular brands were found. Photo courtesy: Wikimedia

Authorities found 6,143 counterfeit labels and swing tags for clothing and 894 completed garments at the factory. They included brands such as Nike, Superdry, UGG, Henri Lloyd, Lacoste and North Face – all with an estimated street value of £150,000.

Kaur was arrested at the scene and Sattar arrested later. A large quantity of child-size Adidas-branded clothing was found partially made on sewing machines, while other clothes were packed in boxes for delivery.

The court was told the fake clothes were being sold across the UK in different markets.


Tushaar Kuthiala
Tushaar Kuthiala – Associate Editor

Tushaar has extensive experience as a journalist and in founding two start-up newspapers. He has developed editorial models for both copy and content, and has written several articles, news reports on a wide range of topics. He is a graduate of St. Stephen’s College and earned a post-graduate diploma in TV Journalism from the Asian College of Journalism (ACJ), Chennai. He has worked as a special correspondent based in New Delhi with Daily World, an international media organisation. 


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