Hawks swarm Boksburg stores selling fake car parts and accessories

Members of the Priority Crimes Investigation Branch (Hawks) confiscated R500,000 in counterfeit vehicle parts and accessories on May 6.

According to Hawks spokesman Lt. Col. Philani Nkwalase, the seized goods were allegedly sold to customers as genuine Ford products at three businesses trading in a mall.

“The Intellectual Property Rights Section attached to the Hawks Major Commercial Crimes Investigation Team and Tactical Operations Management Section at Headquarters, working with brand protection experts from Spoor & Fisher Attorneys, executed a disruptive search and seizure operation pursuant to the Counterfeit Goods Act 37 of 1997 on these three businesses.

“This follows a systematic investigation into the trade in counterfeit vehicle parts and accessories, which were sold under the guise of genuine Ford-branded products,” Nkwalase said.

“This search was preceded by a test purchase of products to obtain a successful search warrant. During the search, large amounts of vehicle parts and accessories bearing the Ford brand and logo were found in each of the three commercial premises.

“The seized goods have been transported to the designated counterfeit goods depot, pending finalization of criminal and civil proceedings against the suspects.”
Nkwalase said: “The suspects will later receive a J175 subpoena for violations of the Counterfeit Goods Act.

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