Wisbech shop staff Nazhad Fatihi and Hadi Rafiq fined for selling counterfeit and unsafe cigarettes | Crime

Tobacco was found hidden behind the boiler. Picture: CAMBRIDGESHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL

Tobacco was discovered hidden behind the boiler. Picture: CAMBRIDGESHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL


Shop employees who offered counterfeit and unsafe tobacco have been ordered to pay £7,785 in fines between them.

Nazhad Fatihi and Hadi Rafiq may also have to finish 380 hours of unpaid work between them after nearly 600 counterfeit cigarettes and nearly 1,500g of tobacco was uncovered throughout two police searches.

It was deemed unsafe by investigators, because it didn’t adjust to tobacco labelling laws and displayed no well being warnings.

The pair’s criminality was first found in December 2016, when a educated take a look at purchaser was offered a packet of cigarettes which didn’t adjust to tobacco labelling laws.

There had been a historical past of illicit tobacco offered from the Euro Star retailer in Falcon Road, Wisbech, with items seized in October 2015 and March 2016.

Fatihi, 33, of Elm Road, Wisbech, insisted he offered the shop however was in truth accountable for the lease from June 2016 and has not produced any documentary proof to recommend in any other case, Cambridgeshire buying and selling requirements stated.

He was charged with eight offences referring to illicit tobacco, which included three prices for supplying cigarettes with no well being warning opposite to the Tobacco and Related Products laws 2016.

There have been additionally 4 prices referring to cigarettes mistaken for a registered trademark opposite to the Trade Marks Act 1994, in addition to one cost for failing to adjust to security necessities underneath General Product Safety Regulations 2005.

He was sentenced at Peterborough Magistrates’ Court to 200 hours of unpaid work and ordered to pay £three,285 in prices for illicit tobacco offences after being discovered responsible on Wednesday, January 10.

Rafiq, 47, of Brookside Milton Keynes, beforehand pleaded responsible to 6 offences referring to the sale of counterfeit and unsafe tobacco at Peterborough Magistrates’ Court on November 29 final yr.

He was sentenced to 180 hours unpaid work and ordered to pay £four,500 made up of a high-quality, prices and sufferer surcharge.

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough’s head of buying and selling requirements, Peter Gell, stated: “This case highlights the hazards of unlawful tobacco merchandise and it ought to act as a warning to others who’re fascinated about participating on this criminality.

“The pair abused their place within the shop and not solely didn’t pay tax on the merchandise however they have been unregulated, which might be dangerous to individuals’s well being because of the excessive ranges of contaminants.

“Tobacco smuggling prices the federal government greater than £3bn a yr in misplaced income.

“We do not accept this illegal market in our county and continue to work with HMRC to crack down on those who flout the legislation.”

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