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Crime family to lose assets but stay out of jail

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Amar Choudry, 38, of Linton Drive, Heaton, Bradford; Yasir Choudry, 30, and Qaisar Choudry, 28, of Duchy Crescent, Heaton; Faisal Choudry, 37, of Duchy Drive, Heaton; and Mudasar Alishan, 40, of Oakdale Drive, Shipley were this week convicted of involvement in the production and sale of clothing bearing counterfeit brands and other copyright breaches generating about half-a-million pounds. They were part of a group that has received suspended sentences for a highly organised system of criminal behaviour, on an industrial scale.

The family bought ready-made heat-transfers from Stephen Carr, 42, of Keighley in West Yorkshire, England. He provided unauthorised logos and other material from a range of brands, sports teams and rock music. The family owned a clothing business, YMC Clothing, in Bradford. There, they applied the images to items of clothing such as t-shrts and sold them via multiple accounts at on-line marketplaces such as e-Bay and Amazon.co.uk, which gave them access to international markets. Over a period of five years, they generated sales of more than GBP470,000 and sold all over the world. According to prosecutors, the rock and pop music aspect of the business covered a wide range of tastes: Arctic Monkeys, The 1975, Motorhead, Ramones, Beyonce, 5 Seconds of Summer, Harry Potter, Ed Sheeran and Nirvana.

The sales were effected via multiple on-line accounts in the names of various members of the family and third parties.

Carr was sentenced to eight months in jail, suspended for 18 months and ordered to undertake 180 hours of community service. The Choudrys and Alishan were each sentenced to two years jail, suspended for two years and each ordered to undertake 300 hours of community service. Prosecutors are now seeking confiscation orders in respect of properties and cars, including a Ford Mustang with a vanity number plate ALI5HNN and a recent model Bentley, A44MAR. In addition, Yasir and Qaisar Choudry were banned from being concerned in the management of a limited company for three years.

The case was brought by West Yorkshire Trading Standards following a tip off by private investigators Surelock International who represent leading brands in the music industry. A 2 year investigation followed.