Man arrested for importing counterfeit bags for trade

Singapore Customs and CID officers seized 318 counterfeit bags and arrested one man in a joint operation on Sept 26, 2017.
Singapore Customs and CID officers seized 318 counterfeit bags and arrested one man in a joint operation on Sept 26, 2017.PHOTO: SINGAPORE POLICE FORCE

SINGAPORE - A 43-year-old man was arrested after a six-hour operation for his suspected involvement in importing counterfeit bags for trading.

Singapore Customs had on Sept 18 inspected a consignment suspected to contain trademark-infringing goods.

Brand owners confirmed that the 200 bags and pieces of luggage were counterfeit, and the products were detained.

The matter was referred to the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) to follow up.

CID officers conducted extensive inquiries over several days after getting the information.

On Sept 26, they conducted raids with Singapore Customs officers at a Jurong Port Road warehouse and a residential unit in Punggol, arresting the suspect.

In the raids, 318 counterfeit bags were seized in total, estimated to be worth $11,680.

Investigations are ongoing.

In a joint statement issued on Sunday (Oct 1), the Singapore Police Force and Singapore Customs said: "The authorities take a serious view on intellectual property right (IPR) infringements and will not hesitate to take action against perpetrators who show blatant disregard for Singapore's IPR laws."

Anyone found guilty of importing, possessing or distributing goods with falsely applied trademarks for the purpose of trade can be fined up to $100,000 or jailed up to five years, or both.