Turkish brothers given suspended sentence for running counterfeit clothing operation

Two men have received suspended jail terms for their part in a counterfeit clothing operation which could have caused a potential loss of €3million to multinational clothing companies.

Brothers, Erol and Ali Basak ran the operation from a lock up container in Tallaght, south Dublin. Gardai raided the premises and found it was fitted out as a workshop with sewing machines, heat presses for pressing transfers and presses to press labels onto footwear.

Gardai also seized clothing which had trademarks logo for well known clothing companies sewn on to them. They found around quarter of a million unused trademark labels for clothing companies Adidas, Nike, Converse, North Face, Abercrombie and Fitch and Superdry.

Brand protection agents from the multi-national companies inspected the clothing and estimated that the finished items would have resulted in an estimated loss to the companies of €65,000.

Detective Garda Gareth Lynch told Dublin Circuit Criminal Court that the agents estimated that if all the unused labels had been used to produce counterfeit items the companies estimated the loss to them would be €3 million.


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