The Site Includes Warehouses, Offices and a Plant for Forging the Trademarks
MCI inspectors detected illegal labors involved in storing counterfeit printer ink for famous brands, inside a residential villa, in Al Malaz quarter in Riyadh. The inspectors monitored four warehouses, three offices and a plant for forging and counterfeiting the trademarks, while some workers were in charge of distributing the quantities to the local markets and shops, claiming that they are of high quality, and thus deceiving and misleading the consumers. The said site was shut down by MCI and the illegal labors were referred to the Security Authorities for taking the statutory procedures.
The details go back when MCI received a report from a neighboring office stating that illegal labors had been re-filling and selling counterfeit printer ink. MCI teams responded immediately to the report and started the necessary investigation and follow-up. By raiding the site, the following items had been detected and seized: More than 500 counterfeit ink cartridges bearing the brands of "HP", "Panasonic", "Samsung" and "Cannon", in addition to more than 7,000 posters and cartridges ready for counterfeiting, beside some tools used for re-filling and packaging.
It is worth mentioning that MCI announced earlier the closure of a warehouse in Al Khamrah quarter, south of Jeddah, after detecting seventy thousand cartridges of counterfeit printer ink for famous brands, with total value exceeding eighteen million riyals. Those involved were summoned by MCI for investigation, and the case was referred to the Bureau of Investigation and Public Prosecution, in accordance to the established procedures.
This comes within MCI inspection rounds, implemented by the Ministry on warehouses, and all commercial institutions, to verify their regular works, and ensure the absence of fraud and manipulation practices on consumers, and to stop exploiting the demand for purchase in selling and marketing counterfeit and adulterated products.
MCI would like to emphasize that it will not tolerate in imposing the legal penalties on offenders and those involved in the practice of fraud, and all that put the health and safety of consumers at risk.
MCI calls on all consumers to report their complaints and observations through the toll free number 1900, or through the application of a Commercial Notification.