Large fine for selling fake booze

A shop owner has been fined more than £10,000 after a trading standards raid found he was selling counterfeit wine.

Officers seized 195 bottles of knock-off Jacob’s Creek and Blossom Hill when they hit three London shops owned by Karamjit Singhaujla.

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

The defendant has now pleaded guilty to six counts of selling counterfeit alcohol. He was fined £6,000 plus a £100 victim surcharge. Full legal costs of £4,760 were awarded to Hillingdon Council.

The court heard that the sale of counterfeit alcohol presented a risk to health as the contents may be contaminated.

Cllr 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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