Dodgy Holloway businessman ordered to pay back £270,000

PUBLISHED: 12:08 04 April 2011 | UPDATED: 13:29 04 April 2011

Swee Chew

Swee Chew


A DODGY trader who went on the run to avoid jail for selling fake goods has been ordered to pay back £270,000 under the Proceeds of Crime Act.

Swee Teong Chew, 43, was sentenced to three years in prison last May after Islington Council’s Trading Standards team seized contefeit designer jeans, handbags and sunglasses from storage units in Holloway Road, Holloway.

He skipped bail prior to sentencing and is currently on the polixce wanted list - but this weeek at Blackfriars Crown Court he was hit with a confiscation order.

Chew will have to pay £269,815 in full within six months.

Chew, of Wylde Place, Palmers Green, has a number of aliases including Richard Yang and Robert Chew.

Councillor Paul Smith, Islington Council’s executive member for environment, said: “We don’t want them to be ripped off by scam merchants.

“This ruling comes after hard work by the council’s trading standards team and sends a clear message - traders in fake goods risk jail and the loss of their loot.

“We will always prosecute in cases like this to protect the public from being cheated.”

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