January 10, 2013
NST reports that police in Singapore have arrested a 38-year old man, along with his 48 year-old business partner and 11 workers, after seizing 252 boxes of counterfeit HP ink cartridges produced and packaged by the group.
Police were alerted of the crime after receiving a statutory declaration on the case from HP representatives in the US, with Datuk Syed Ismail Syed Aizan, Federal Commercial Crime Department Director, detailing how police tracked down the man and seized two boxes of counterfeit ink cartridge from him.
The suspect then led police to the premises in Ampang where the counterfeit ink was produced and packaged in HP boxes by the 11 workers. It was discovered that the ink cartridges were being sent to countries in the Middle East and Africa, and that the syndicate had been operating for two years, with their main clients being Bahrain and Tunisia.
Along with the 252 boxes of ink cartridges, the police also seized “several computers and documents” at the premises, with Syed Ismail adding “we also believe they used recycled ink cartridges to distribute their products”.
It also came to light that the same man had been arrested last year for the same offence “during a joint operation between police and the Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism Ministry”, but Syed Ismail asserted that “[the Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism Ministry] handled the investigations. We do not know what happened to that case”, adding that the police planned to work closely with HP on this case.
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