The police have arrested four women, aged between 24 and 31, for their suspected involvement in online and retail sales of counterfeit goods.
On 23 July 2020, officers from the Criminal Investigation Department conducted raids along Orchard Road and Tampines Road, resulting in the arrests. During the operation, more than 160 pieces of trademark-infringing goods comprising handbags, apparel, footwear and accessories with an estimated street value of more than S$12,000 were seized.
Preliminary investigations revealed that one of the women had procured these counterfeit goods from overseas and offered them for sale online on a pre-order basis. Investigations are ongoing.
The police take a serious view of intellectual property rights infringements. Distribution and sale of counterfeit goods are serious offences and the police will not hesitate to take tough action against perpetrators who profit at the expense of legitimate businesses and consumers.
Anyone found guilty of selling or distributing goods with falsely applied trademarks may be fined up to a maximum of $100,000, or an imprisonment term, of up to five years, or both.
Source: Singapore Police Force