Barras fraudster targeted after stall swoop

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JUSTICE chiefs have won the right to confiscate £1 from a man caught flogging dodgy goods at the Barras Market.

Tarique Ali (58) previously admitted being concerned in the distribution of counterfeit goods.

On October 24, 2009, Strathclyde Police conducted an operation at the Barras Market in Glasgow.

A stall and unit belonging to the accused Ali were searched and a number of counterfeit goods identified, including well-known brands such as G Star, Nike, Armani, Lacoste and Ralph Lauren.

Ali was admonished in respect of the offence, but an action was raised against him under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002.

The benefit from his criminal conduct was calculated at £1,323,580.40.

However, Mr Ali’s current financial circumstances are such that he has no assets available to pay the confiscation order, and Glasgow Sheriff Court last week made a confiscation order for the “nominal” amount of £1.

The purpose of the nominal order is to preserve the Crown’s position so that if the accused obtains any assets in the future the Crown can ask the court to recalculate the confiscation order.

This can be done at any time following the making of the nominal order.

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