The Ministry of Commerce and Investment has defamed the owner of an Est. engaged of wholesale and retail of counterfeit gifts and accessories in the province of Al-Ahsa, following the issuance of a court ruling condemning the owner of the Est. of violating the Anti-Commercial Fraud Law, by possessing and offering fake bags, gifts and accessories, bearing forged trademarks. This is a clear deception and misleading towards the consumers.
The verdict issued by the criminal court in Dammam included a fine, closure of the Est., confiscation and destruction of all counterfeit products, and defamation by publishing the verdict in two local newspapers at the expense of the violator.
In details, while MCI inspection teams conducting inspection tours at a shopping center in Al Ahsa, they monitored large quantities of fake bags, accessories and gifts, bearing forged trademarks. Therefore, the Est. was closed and all the fake items were seized, and the case was referred to the judicial authority for taking the legal measures, in accordance with the Anti-Commercial Fraud Law.
The Ministry of Commerce and Investment confirms the continuation of addressing those violating the Anti-Commercial Fraud Law by taking stern measures and imposing the legal penalties against them, in view of the fraud and deception towards the consumers. The Rules & Regulations related to Anti-Commercial Fraud Law stipulates penalties that may reach to three-year imprisonment, fines up to one million riyals or both , Defamation in two local newspapers at the expense of the violator, deportation of the illegal labors from the Kingdom, besides the suspension and prevention of practicing the same commercial activity.
MCI calls on all consumers to lodge their complaints or observations through MCI Consumer Call Center (1900), or through the application of a Commercial Violation Report, or via the Ministry's website.