Trader fined RM30K for having 1,245 pairs of fake designer shoes

IPOH: A businessman has been fined RM30,000 for possessing 1,245 pairs of counterfeit shoes in a mall here.

Poon Yoke Lee, 52, pleaded guilty after the charge under Section 102(1)(c) of the Trade Descriptions Act 2011 was read to him before Sessions Court judge Azizah Ahmad here on Wednesday (March 29).

Poon was said to have had in his possession counterfeit shoes, purportedly of a Japanese designer brand, at a premises in a Jalan Sultan Abdul Jalil shopping mall on June 9.

Deputy public prosecutor Muhammad Ridzuan Abd Rahim requested the fine to be set at RM30,000.

Lawyer Mohd Khairul Fairuz Rahman, who represented Poon, requested for a lower amount and said that his client’s business had been affected by the Covid-19 pandemic.

“Poon has yet to pay the rent for his shop, which amounted to RM234,000 for 2020 and 2021.

“He is also taking care of his wife and their four schoolgoing children. My client has pleaded guilty and promises not to repeat the mistake,” he said, adding that Poon had no criminal record.

Azizah set the fine at RM30,000 in default one month's jail.

She also ordered the 1,245 pairs of shoes forfeited under the same Act.

Mohd Khairul said Poon’s wife would pay the fine.

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