£67,500 confiscated from counterfeit DVD seller

At Glasgow Sheriff Court yesterday (8th August), a Confiscation Order for £67,500 was made against Satnam Panesar (DOB 21-03-1971).

Panesar, from Newton Mearns, Glasgow, had previously pled guilty to infringing the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988, sections 107(1)(a) and 107(1)(c).

Lindsey Miller, Head of the Serious and Organised Crime Division (SOCD), said:

“Satnam Panesar was making thousands of pounds by selling counterfeit DVDs from his shop in Glasgow.

“He pled guilty to infringing the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act, and in doing so, also opened himself up to the powers of the Proceeds of Crime Act.

“When our financial investigators looked at his income over the six years preceeding his arrest for this crime, they found £67,500 could not be accounted for legitimately.

“I am very pleased that today’s confiscation order represents the full amount of the benefit he made from crime, as recorded by the court.

“The money will be added to the £60 million already gathered from Proceeds of Crime and will be re-invested by Scottish Ministers through the CashBack for Communities programme.”

http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/home-news/shopkeeper-to-lose-crime-cash.18408301

http://www.crownoffice.gov.uk/News/Releases/2012/08/%C2%A367500-Confiscated-Counterfeit-DVD-Seller

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