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Shopkeeper fined over fake vodka

Bottles of the fake vodka Credit: Northamptonshire Trading Standards

A shop owner from Corby has been fined for selling fake vodka following an investigation by trading standards.

Balraj Singh Dhaliwal, who runs VG Stores in Willowbrook Road, was investigated after a customer complained about a bottle of Chekov vodka bought in April 2016.

Northamptonshire Trading Standards officers then visited the store where they found 87 bottles of illegal vodka, most of which were seized from a storeroom in the back of the shop.

Dhaliwal admitted four offences relating to the sale of the illegal vodka.

He was fined £800 and ordered to pay £1,250 in court costs, £11.50 compensation to the consumer and a £30 victim surcharge.

Counterfeit vodka can be extremely dangerous for consumers – you don’t know the strength of what you're drinking or even what it contains. There are some key signs to look out for, including poor quality labelling, spelling mistakes and whether the product smells and tastes right.”

– David Hedger, manager of Northamptonshire County Council Trading Standards