A MAN has been given a 12-week suspended jail sentence for possessing and supplying coutnerfeit goods.

Dharminder Singh Gulati, 23, of Overbrook Walk, Edgware, pleaded guilty at Harrow Magistrates' Court to two charges under the Trade Marks Act 1994.

Gulati's sentence was suspended for 12 months, but he was ordered to complete 150 hours of community service and to pay £1,008 costs to Brent and Harrow Trading Standards.

The court heard that a member of the public had complained to the trading standards service that the defendant had been trading from a makeshift stall in Streatfield Road, Kenton.

The following day, December 21, 2005, an undercover officer made a test purchase of a Timberland tracksuit which was found to be counterfeit.

Trading standards officers and police who raided Gulti's home on June 28, following a surveillance operation, seized a large number of counterfeit DVDs.

Gulati admitted making £800 from selling counterfeit goods in just two weeks.

John Taylor, director of trading standards for Brent and Harrow, said: "I am pleased with the result of this investigation.

"The trader had made a large amount of money in only a short space of time selling these substandard products to an unsuspecting public in the run-up to Christmas.

"Traders in counterfeit goods have an unfair advantage over legitimate sellers of branded products."

Sergeant Danny Cornelius of the police's Edgware safer neighbourhood team, said, "We were pleased to have assisted trading standards with their operation.

"This is a good example of how working in partnership can bring offenders effectively to justice."