3 arrested for selling counterfeit goods online, over $40k worth of items seized

One man and two women, aged between 34 and 40, were arrested on Wednesday (Oct 28) for their suspected involvement in online sales of counterfeit goods.

The police said in a statement that officers from the Criminal Investigation Department conducted raids at Lorong Ong Lye, Choa Chu Kang Avenue 4 and Anchorvale Road, resulting in the arrests.

During the operation, 3,200 pieces of trademark-infringing goods comprising apparel, fragrance and cosmetic products with an estimated street value of more than $40,000 were seized.

Police investigations are ongoing.

"We take a serious view of intellectual property rights infringements," said the police.

"This is the second round of arrests within a week and the police would like to remind the public that the distribution and sale of counterfeit goods are serious offences."

The police added that they will not hesitate to take tough action against perpetrators who profit at the expense of legitimate businesses and consumers.

The offence of selling or distributing goods with falsely applied trademarks carries a fine of up to $100,000, or an imprisonment term which may extend to five years, or both.