Former Cambridge businessman sentenced for selling dangerous toys
PUBLISHED: 11:43 19 January 2018 | UPDATED: 12:03 19 January 2018
Kwun Ho Chan sold toys which contained chemicals over the legal limit
A former Cambridge businessman has been given a six month suspended prison sentence for selling dangerous toys.
Kwun Ho Chan, 28, of Wensleydale Street, Hartlepool, previously of Apthorpe Way, Cambridge was handed a six month prison sentence suspended for two years at Cambridge Crown Court on January 16.
He pleaded guilty to 12 charges relating to counterfeit toys and 13 toy safety failure offences.
Seven charges were for failure of REACH regulations as the toys contained high levels of phthalates and another two charges for easy access to button batteries.
Other charges included one for inadequate warning, one soft toy inappropriate for children under three, one toy with excess quantities of tin and one toy which had no product origin information.
Cambridgeshire and Peterborough’s head of trading standards, Peter Gell, said: “This has been a lengthy investigation as Chan used so many trading names and accounts to hide behind online.
“Ultimately, he knew that the goods he was selling were fake and potentially dangerous as he was given notice by the Port Authorities. He did nothing to recall the goods he sold once he was presented with the evidence that they were unsafe.
“The Big Hero 6 figure was found to be more than 200 times over the legal limit with the amount of phthalate, which are industrial chemicals, known to be toxic if ingested.
“The team has worked closely with trademark representatives on this investigation and the National Trading Standards eCrime Team without their help we wouldn’t have been able to bring this case to fruition, their support is really important.
“This criminal behaviour impacts legitimate businesses who pay their taxes and work hard to ensure they are selling safe and legitimate toys.”
Chan, director of K & B Station Ltd, failed to work with several port authorities about unsafe or incorrectly labelled toys.
The charges related to toys which included Disney’s Frozen, Secret Life of Pets, Despicable Me, Paw Patrol, Pokémon, Hello Kitty, Arsenal, Peppa Pig, Angry Birds and Big Hero 6.
In October 2016, the selling name ‘Kingbox Station’ was identified on eBay after a ‘Frozen’ doll was purchased and infringed copyright. A search was carried out at his home address and more than 5,000 counterfeit and potentially unsafe toys were seized.
Chan was given 250 hours community service, disqualified as a director for two years and all counterfeit and unsafe goods were ordered to be forfeited and destroyed. He was also charged with money laundering under the Proceeds of Crime Act, which will remain on file.