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Shahraz Riasat Sunday ban after car boot sting

A man has been banned from leaving his house on a Sunday after targeting car boot sales with counterfeit goods.

Shahraz Riasat, from O’Keeffe Close in Sparkbrook, Birmingham, was kept under surveillance by Worcestershire Trading Standards officers.

He was arrested in September 2010 and his car and home contained hundreds of counterfeit discs and counterfeit hardware, a spokesman said.

The 32-year-old admitted six offences at Redditch Magistrates’ Court.

Trading Standards said he used accomplices to sell the counterfeit DVDs and CDs, and transported sellers and merchandise to car boot sales in Hunnington, Worcestershire.

‘Avoid detection’He was also given a four month prison sentence suspended for two years and a two year supervision order.

The tag he must now wear for three months prevents him leaving his home between 06:00 and 18:00 GMT on Sundays.

Peter Holmes, from Trading Standards, said: “Mr Riasat believed that he could avoid detection by getting others to sell goods for him.

“This case shows that anyone connected to the sale of counterfeit goods can receive high level sentences.”