Romanian TIR driver sentenced in France to a fine of 3.8 million euros

A Romanian was convicted on January 12, 2022 for transporting counterfeit goods made in China. Among them were 293 counterfeit Rolex watches, 468 Dior bracelets and 468 Puma shirts and shorts. In total, the Romanian had 18,000. counterfeit products in the truck with which he was preparing to cross to England via the Channel Tunnel, at the terminal in Coquelles.

He was caught on August 28, 2019. The 43-year-old Romanian received a suspended six-month prison sentence and a customs fine of PLN 3 million 728 thousand. 320 euros. He was also ordered to pay damages to the three brands that were parties to the trial, in the total amount of PLN 114 thousand. Euro for various damages and 2,500 Euro for lawyers’ fees.

The driver appealed against the sentence and was tried again on September 1. Then he said: – I have nothing to do with this story. I am an ordinary driver. I do not know what I was carrying because I did not witness the loading.

The appeals court disregarded his statements and sentenced him to the same suspended prison sentence, but reduced the amounts owed to three luxury companies. He has to pay the three brands Puma, Dior and Rolex a total of 9,900 euros for the damage and 2,000. euro for legal costs.

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