Counterfeit goods website shut down | Five arrested

A website which sold more than half a million pounds worth of counterfeit products has been shut down thanks to an 18 month covert operation – the biggest of its kind in the North West.  Five warrants were served to individuals based in Liverpool and Manchester – all of whom were arrested and bailed pending further investigation by Liverpool Trading Standards.

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Police warn of the risks of illegal streaming as Premier League returns behind closed doors

The City of London Police’s Intellectual Property Crime Unit (PIPCU) and FACT, leaders in intellectual property protection, are warning sports fans to use legitimate sources to watch the return of the Premier League as football comes back to our screens.   Only last year, three individuals were jailed for 17 years for defrauding the Premier League by providing … Continued

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Criminal conviction for seller of illegal devices that provided access to paid-for content

On 9 June 2020 at Bolton Crown Court, Mark Schofield was sentenced to 24 months’ imprisonment, suspended for two years. He was also ordered to complete 240 hours of unpaid work. Investigations by FACT confirmed that Schofield was selling devices that provided access to paid-for content including sport and films via his Facebook page. FACT … Continued

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Seller of illegal devices that bypassed paid-for TV content has been jailed

A man who sold illegal devices that bypassed paid-for TV content – costing legitimate service providers more than £2 million – has been jailed. On 1 June 2020 at Manchester Crown Court, Crown Square, Daniel Aimson  formerly of Ullswater Road, Astley, Leigh was sentenced to 12 months in prison after pleading guilty to conspiracy to … Continued

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Newly-appointed Investigations Manager starts at FACT

We’re pleased to announce that Princy Madanayake has become the newest team member at FACT, joining us to lead our Investigations team. With thirty years of experience in the Metropolitan Police, Princy has experience in a comprehensive range of criminal  investigations including armed robbery, drug importation, fraud and homicide, and has used a wide range … Continued