Optometrist fined $30k for dealing in fake contact lenses
An optometrist was fined a total of $30,000 on Dec 5 for selling bogus contact lenses. Neo Teck Soon, 27, pleaded guilty to contravening the Trade Marks Act by selling 100 pairs of contact lenses that falsely bore the registered trademark of Freshlook Colorblends and to five charges of supplying counterfeit health products in April last year.
He is the second man dealt with for involvement in Singapore's first case of bogus contact lenses. In February, freelance salesman Wong Chow Fatt, 52, was fined a total of $12,000 for similar offences involving 30 pairs of counterfeit contact lenses.
The Freshlook Colorblends trademark is registered to Novartis AG, the parent company of Ciba Vision Singapore. The case came to light when D'Optique, the optical shop in Admiralty MRT station that bought the 100 fake pairs from Neo, returned 82 boxes to Ciba Vision for lenses of different colours or degrees.
The company realised that these boxes had typographical errors and tests by Ciba Vision's laboratory in the US confirmed that the lenses were fakes. These are believed to have been made in Malaysia,