Waltham Forest Council suspect Abdul Kadir Ozkok of Chingford has fled to Turkey since his prison release in January

East London and West Essex Guardian Series: Abdul Kadir Ozkok at a market stall surrounded by counterfeit goods imported from Turkey Abdul Kadir Ozkok at a market stall surrounded by counterfeit goods imported from Turkey

A man recently released from jail for running an international counterfeit business is believed to have fled the country owing hundreds of thousands of pounds.

Abdul Kadir Ozkok, 46, of Westward Road in Chingford, was jailed in August for 11 months after admitting using his home to import and sell more than 2,800 items of fake clothing items.

Days before his release from prison in January of this year, a proceeds of crime hearing ruled Ozkok must make representations to locate some of the £273,883 paid into bank accounts connected to the business.

In his absence on April 16, the judge issued a confiscation order to recover the money by October this year, or Ozkok would be jailed automatically for two-and-a-half years.  

However, Waltham Forest Council believes the 46 year-old has now fled to Turkey, his native country where his wife and children reside, and the key destination in his former counterfeit business.

In total, the businessman owes £248, 519 including £12,000 in prosecution costs.

Ozkok became the focus of an investigation after the council's trading standards team were passed information following a raid at London's New Covent Garden Market in October 2009.

He was suspected of being involved in a criminal enterprise linked to Turkey and in November 2009 his home was raided by council officers, police and members of the Intellectual Property Crime Unit.

More than 60 boxes containing 2, 818 items of counterfeit clothing bearing trademarks such as Adidas, Gucci, Burberry and Louis Vuitton, were seized in the raid on two garages at his Chingford home.

The 46-year-old was described by last year's sentencing judge as a "vital cog" in an illegal enterprise and a "trusted lieutenant", without whom the UK enterprise could not have functioned.

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6:38pm Tue 13 May 14

jackblack007 says...

im surprised we didnt lay on a private jet for him to escape
im surprised we didnt lay on a private jet for him to escape jackblack007
  • Score: 18

6:50pm Tue 13 May 14

Villagecranberry says...

The border controls in the UK are a joke, people come and go as they please.
The border controls in the UK are a joke, people come and go as they please. Villagecranberry
  • Score: 15

10:22pm Tue 13 May 14

jackblack007 says...

Villagecranberry wrote:
The border controls in the UK are a joke, people come and go as they please.
its not north korea you idiot, it would take weeks to get through otherwise
[quote][p][bold]Villagecranberry[/bold] wrote: The border controls in the UK are a joke, people come and go as they please.[/p][/quote]its not north korea you idiot, it would take weeks to get through otherwise jackblack007
  • Score: -10

10:25pm Tue 13 May 14

Villagecranberry says...

jackblack007 wrote:
Villagecranberry wrote:
The border controls in the UK are a joke, people come and go as they please.
its not north korea you idiot, it would take weeks to get through otherwise
I am talking about this country you oaf, I have no concern with North Korea.
[quote][p][bold]jackblack007[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Villagecranberry[/bold] wrote: The border controls in the UK are a joke, people come and go as they please.[/p][/quote]its not north korea you idiot, it would take weeks to get through otherwise[/p][/quote]I am talking about this country you oaf, I have no concern with North Korea. Villagecranberry
  • Score: 6

1:46pm Wed 14 May 14

Down With This Sort Of Thing says...

He's supposed to be Turkish. Some say his father was German. Nobody ever believed he was real.
He's supposed to be Turkish. Some say his father was German. Nobody ever believed he was real. Down With This Sort Of Thing
  • Score: 1

11:28am Thu 15 May 14

myopinioncounts says...

If we can be assured that he will never be able to return to the UK or run his counterfeit business from Turkey then perhaps it is a good thing he absconded. It saves us the cost of keeping him in prison and IF his wife and children DO live in Turkey we don't have to keep them either!
If we can be assured that he will never be able to return to the UK or run his counterfeit business from Turkey then perhaps it is a good thing he absconded. It saves us the cost of keeping him in prison and IF his wife and children DO live in Turkey we don't have to keep them either! myopinioncounts
  • Score: 1

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