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Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Local Government and also in Communities, Legal

Huge fine for fake alcohol traders Huge fine for fake alcohol traders

Two London shop owners have been hit with a fine of over £10,000 for selling fake booze.

A court heard that 195 bottles of counterfeit Jacob's Creek and Blossom Hill wine were found at Mr Karamjit Singhaujla and Mrs Barinder Jit Aujla's three shops.

Aujla Cash and Carry and Costcutter, both on Yeading Lane, Hayes, and Aujla Food and Wine on Field End Road, South Ruislip were raided in June 2011 by Hillingdon Council Trading Standards officers.

Mr Singhaujla pleaded guilty at Uxbridge Magistrates’ Court to six counts of selling phoney alcohol.

It was explained to the court that the sale of counterfeit alcohol presented a risk to health as the contents may be contaminated.

In mitigation it was said that the counterfeit wine found was a small proportion of the total wine sold and that the licences at all three shops had been taken away in January 2012.

The offenders were fined £6,000 plus a £100 victim surcharge. Full legal costs of £4,760 were awarded to Hillingdon Council.

Councillor Jonathan Bianco, cabinet member for finance, property and business services, said: "The most serious issue here is that it could potentially have proved harmful to someone’s health. Anyone dealing in counterfeit products runs a huge risk to themselves and others and I am glad to see that the courts have deemed it appropriate to issue such a large financial penalty. I hope this acts as a warning to other traders to be careful about the products they stock, knowingly or otherwise."

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