Judge Manira Mohd Nor meted out the fine to the company, I World Sunglass Sdn Bhd, after its director Chiew Ai Lee, 45, pleaded guilty to the charge after it was read out to her in Mandarin.
The company was alleged to have supplied or offered 449 pairs of sunglasses and 245 pairs of glasses carrying Gucci S.P.A brand using a false trade description.
The company committed the offence at its premises at No.8, Lorong Haji Taib 3 here at 12.30pm on May 11, 2016, and the charged was framed under Section 8 (2) (b) of the Trade Description Act 2011 and punishable under Section 8 (2) (A) the same law, which provides a maximum fine of RM15,000 for each fake item, or imprisonment for up to three years for the first offence, while for the second and subsequent offence, a fine of up to RM30,000 for each item fake item, upon conviction.
Earlier, Ministry of Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs (KPDNHEP)’s prosecuting officer Mohd Kamil Khirodin pressed for just sentence after taking into account of the trademark owners and it also involved the consumer rights in the country.
However, Chiew, who was unrepresented, appealed for lighter sentence on the grounds that she had a family to look after and promised not to repeat the offence again.
According to the facts of the case, on the day the enforcement team carried inspection at the company’s premises, they found the company was running the business by selling fake Gucci brand eyeglasses.