THREE WOMEN ARRESTED FOR ONLINE SALES OF COUNTERFEIT GOODS

The Police have arrested three women, aged between 23 and 57, for their suspected involvement in online sales of counterfeit goods.

On 26 October 2020, officers from the Criminal Investigation Department conducted simultaneous raids at various locations island-wide, resulting in the arrests. During the operation, more than 690 pieces of trademark-infringing goods comprising handbags, apparel, footwear and accessories with an estimated street value of more than S$24,000 were seized.

Preliminary investigations revealed that one of the women had allegedly procured the counterfeit goods from foreign sources and had offered them for sale through social media. Investigations against the women 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.

The offence of selling or distributing goods with falsely applied trademarks carries a fine of up to $100,000, or an imprisonment term which may extend to five years, or both.

 

Source: Singapore Police Force