Man admits selling counterfeit cigarettes and tobacco and faces possible jail time

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A MAN is due to be sentenced next week after admitting to possessing and selling thousands of counterfeit tobacco products and being found with £70,000 in cash.

Mohammad Riaz pleaded guilty to four counts relating to counterfeit cigarettes and tobacco at a hearing in Bradford and Keighley Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday 22 February.

The 67-year-old, from Haslingden Drive, Heaton will appear at Bradford Crown Court on Tuesday March 15 to be convicted of the offences.

He admitted that on June 1, 2021 he had possessed wrongly branded goods for sale or rent on two occasions, first when he had 144 packs of 20 cigarettes with packaging likely mistaken for Richmond, with intent , inflicting losses on the company and gains on himself.

The second count was for 116 50g packets of tobacco with counterfeit packaging likely mistaken for Golden Virginia.

The other two charges related to the manufacture or supply of a tobacco product in breach of the Packaging Ordinance, initially 1,742 products with the wrong color and 538 products without a combined or English warning.

After Riaz pleaded guilty, the judges ordered his case to be referred to the Crown Court, citing the high category and guilt of the offense, the risk of damage from the counterfeit items and because “£70,000 cash was found” in their judgmental powers. were insufficient. .

He is due to be sentenced at Bradford Crown Court on March 15 and has been granted unconditional bail.

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