09 May 2017
Counterfeit vodka

A shop owner from Corby has been fined for selling counterfeit vodka following an investigation by Northamptonshire County Council Trading Standards.

Balraj Singh Dhaliwal, who runs VG Stores in Willowbrook Road, was investigated after a customer complained about a bottle of Chekov vodka bought in April 2016.

Trading Standards officers then visited the store where they found 87 bottles of illegal vodka, most of which were seized from a storeroom in the back of the shop.

Four offences

Dhaliwal appeared at Northampton Magistrates’ Court last week (May 2) where he admitted four offences relating to the sale of the illegal vodka.

He was fined £800 and ordered to pay £1,250 in court costs, £11.50 compensation to the consumer  and a £30 victim surcharge.

David Hedger, manager of Northamptonshire County Council Trading Standards, said: “Counterfeit vodka can be extremely dangerous for consumers – you don’t know the strength of what you're drinking or even what it contains.

“There are some key signs to look out for, including poor quality labelling, spelling mistakes and whether the product smells and tastes right.”

Report counterfeit goods

If they come across counterfeit products, consumers can contact Citizens Advice Consumer Service on 03454 04 05 06 or www.citizensadvice.org.uk/consumer.​