A Kirkby-based firm which sold counterfeit car accessories has been prosecuted and ordered to pay more than £100,000 following an investigation by Knowsley Council’s Trading Standards team.
Euro Car Mats Ltd, based on Knowsley Business Park, sold car mats online, falsely using the trademarks of car manufacturers.
The business was prosecuted after admitting 49 offences.
Knowsley Trading Standards officers investigated after an online test-purchase exercise in which the business sold car mats with counterfeit BMW trade marks. The Knowsley team worked closely with WR Investigations Ltd, Merseyside Police and General Motors.
Officers then seized a huge haul of fabric car manufacturer badges from the business premises. Investigations found that more than 13,000 of those badges were counterfeit and – if attached to mats and sold – had a street value of £356,000.
The trademarks included those of BMW, Mercedes, Audi, Renault, Suzuki, General Motors, Honda and Nissan.
The Judge at Liverpool Crown Court fined the company £49,000 and ordered it to pay £54,000 costs. The business also forfeited 18,563 fabric badges seized, 1,620 sets of car mats, machinery, computers and mailing equipment used in their counterfeiting enterprise.