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South African in hot water for selling fake Volkswagen accessories

The Gqeberha High Court has convicted a person for contraventions of the Counterfeit items and Trademark Acts, after he was discovered to be selling fake Volkswagen car accessories.

The Hawks Serious Commercial Investigation uncovered that the person was selling VW accessories at a automotive dealership in town between December 2021 and February 2022. Spoor and Fisher Attorneys whose mandate contains appearing on trademark and counterfeit associated instances acted on behalf of VW when these allegations got here to gentle.

This was delivered to the Eastern Cape Hawks’ for a probe. Consequently, on 6 December 2021, an evidence-gathering transaction was carried out the place 4 Volkswagen alloy wheels had been bought.

The bought items had been analysed and located to be counterfeited. This resulted in a search and seizure operation on 17 February 2022.

Wheels, centre cap hubs, over eighty VW badges and stickers all bearing VW badges had been confiscated. The worth of the seized gadgets was estimated at slightly below R90,000, which the German, Wolfsburg based mostly company was prejudiced of.

As a results of the investigation, the person was served with a courtroom summons on 10 March 2022, to face over 300 and sixty counts,  his first courtroom look was on 13 April 2022.

Following a plea discount, the person was ordered to pay a R17,000 high-quality, which he paid on Tuesday, 19 April.

Furthermore his company, Greystone Trading has been reported to the Companies and Intellectual Property Commission (CIPC) for additional sanctioning and likewise faces the prospects of a civil go well with from Volkswagen.


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