x Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 26 July 2017

Three charged with false labelling

Staff at an imports agency are accused of selling falsely labelled pumps, water heaters and filters worth more than Dh3m.

ABU DHABI // Three employees at an imports agency are accused of selling falsely labelled pumps, water heaters and filters worth more than Dh3 million (US$817,000). A police statement said the suspects were following orders from the company's manager, identified as AH, to sell electric water appliances with falsified brand names over one year at a large markup. The three employees, one Arab and two Asians, were identified as WR, 51; SB, 27; and MN, 47. Police said AH was not currently in the UAE.

The goods were seized from a warehouse in Musaffah after police were tipped off, and will be used as evidence in the case. Rashid Bu Rasheed, the head of the organised crime unit, said the company was "well known" nationally. The statement said WR admitted to arranging with a local printing press to issue 3,000 fake stickers bearing the seals of European companies. The stickers were placed on products made in Asia after the original ones were discontinued, officials said. The company netted Dh3,237,500 in sales of the fraudulent products, police said.

Mr Bu Rasheed called on consumers to report any suspicions of trade fraud. The accused were referred to the public prosecution. @Email:newsdesk@thenational.ae