A Company Fined more than £100,000 after it imported fake Apple chargers

A Company Fined more than £100,000 after it imported fake Apple chargers

This came after a shipment of 220 products imported by the business was held at East Midlands Airport in October 2018 due to concerns over safety and authenticity.

More than 1,400 items were seized from CK IT Solutions Limited when trading standards officers visited the company’s base at Holes Bay Business Park.

Following an investigation by BCP Council, the firm was taken to court where it admitted offences relating to electrical safety and fake goods.

At a hearing on May 7, Bournemouth Crown Court ruled the company had derived a benefit of £100,000 from its criminal conduct and the business was told to pay a confiscation order for this total sum within three months under the Proceeds of Crime Act.

In addition, Judge Brian Forster QC issued a £4,000 fine and ordered the company to pay £2,500 costs and a £170 surcharge. This £6,670 bill must be paid within 12 months.

He also ordered forfeiture and destruction of the 1,446 items seized from the business’s premises in Sterte Avenue.

Syan Ventom, prosecuting, said a small number of the chargers were sent for testing and analysis, with them deemed to be counterfeit and unsafe as they posed a risk of electrical shock.

The court heard CK IT Solutions Ltd had been using the same supplier from outside the European Union for several years and had not been conducting PAT tests on the items, instead just checking they were powering the laptops.

“The company, in light of these proceedings, has changed its procedures. It now purchases all items from accredited UK suppliers,” said Mr Ventom.  

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