MCI, a Commercial Concealment Case Leads to Detect Labors Cheating the Consumers by Marketing Counterfeit Paints

07 Jun 2015
Deposits, Remittances, Contracts and Delivery Receipts have been seized
MCI continues tracing those involved in the violation of anti-commercial concealment law. MCI inspection team`s efforts resulted in uncovering the clues of commercial concealment and fraud issue, represented in detecting illegal labors, who were working for their own account by marketing adulterated buildings paints in Al Aredh quarter, north of Riyadh. The inspectors seized large quantities of poor quality paints bearing counterfeit trademarks. The site was shut down and those responsible were summoned for investigation and taking the legal penalties against them.

The details go back when the Ministry received a complaint from one of the companies, stating that some labors were marketing paints, bearing famous trademarks, at low prices. MCI had carried out the necessary verification immediately, where it turned out that an Asian expatriate was responsible for managing the unlicensed site. Deposits and remittances were added to his own account. Contracts for delivering counterfeit paints to a number of housing projects were detected, as well as the delivery receipts.

The detected and seized quantities, in cooperation and coordination with the joint security campaigns, included more than 500 barrels of paint bearing counterfeit trademarks, in addition to large quantities of poorly-made paints, ready to be filled and distributed to shops.

MCI had announced earlier the detection of illegal labors involved in forging the country of origin of building paints, at a plant in Al Shifa Industrial District, south of Riyadh. The inspectors monitored   labors producing paints and industrial solvents in primitive ways, in violation of the health and environmental requirements, claiming that such paints are American or Italian. The Ministry shut down the plant and those responsible were summoned for the investigation and taking the legal penalties against them.

This comes at the time when MCI continues its inspection and control campaigns on plants, factories and warehouses in various parts of the Kingdom, to verify their regular work, and the absence of fraud and adulteration practices on consumers.

MCI emphasizes that it will not tolerate in imposing the legal penalties on violators and those involved in the practice of fraud and counterfeiting, and all that put the health and safety of consumers at risk.


Last Modified 25 Dec 2018