A Birmingham jeweller was sentenced to eight months' imprisonment earlier this week, suspended for 18 months, and ordered to pay a total of \u00a325,000 after pleading guilty to 17 offences, under the Hallmarking Act 1973.\r\n\r\nAmjad Mahmood Yousif, trading as Crown Jewellers at 39 Formans Road, Sparkhill, was ordered to pay \u00a311,281 in costs, a further \u00a313,718 under the Proceeds of Crime Act and to complete 120 hours unpaid work. He was also found guilty of offences under the\u00a0Trade Marks Act 1994 and Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations 2008.\r\n\r\nBirmingham City Council brought the case against Yousif's\u00a0company after Trading Standards officers seized 80 pieces of jewellery during an inspection on 28 August 2012. In total, 76 items were not hallmarked, including 11 which did not contain the correct level of gold to be classed as 22 carat.\r\n\r\nA further three gold men\u2019s rings that bore trade marks for Nike and Mercedes-Benz, which Yousif did not have permission to use, were also seized. Two of these were also not hallmarked. All items taken by officers were handed to Birmingham Assay Office for inspection and analysis.\r\n\r\nDuring a formal interview on 11 October 2012, Yousif admitted under caution that he was not registered with Birmingham Assay Office and therefore could not have hallmarked any of his jewellery. He has since applied to the Assay Office to be registered for hallmarking, which has been accepted.\r\n\r\nThe court also agreed all the un-hallmarked items should be returned to the Assay Office for hallmarking, the cost of which will also be met by Yousif, who was able to continue trading throughout the investigation.\r\n\r\nJacqui Kennedy, Birmingham City Council\u2019s director of regulation and enforcement, said: \u201cPeople should be able to have confidence when they are buying valuable goods, like gold jewellery, that they are of the quality they purport to be.\r\n\r\n\u201cA number of the rings seized by our officers also broke regulations on the use of trade marks, which consumers may not be aware of \u2013 but this is why it\u2019s important for Trading Standards to take action and bring cases like this to the public\u2019s attention.\r\n\r\n\u201cGlobal brands that have been built up over decades of hard work do not deserve to be damaged as a result of their logos being used on inferior or unlicensed products.\u201d\r\n\r\nYousif now has 28 days to repay the \u00a311,281.51 in costs and six months to repay the \u00a313,718.49 under the Proceeds of Crime Act.