On 31 March 2021 Kangs Solicitors published an article on this website explaining how the Private Security Industry Act 2001 (‘the Act’) laid out the regulatory framework for and created the Security Industry Authority (‘the SIA’) with the intent of raising and regulating standards within the industry.
The article noted the powers of the SIA to investigate breaches of the Act and that those discovered to be acting unlawfully, whether individuals or corporate bodies, could be subjected to criminal prosecution which may lead to a prison sentence.
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The SIA has recently successfully prosecuted an individual for fraud offences relating to an SIA licence which Helen Holder of Kangs Solicitors now outlines.
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The Recent Prosecution | SIA v Mohammed Bashir | Kangs Fraud Offences Defence Solicitors
- In July 2020 Mohammed Bashir applied to the SIA for a licence which was rejected due to his previous criminal convictions.
- When appealing this decision, Bashir presented a supporting reference from a friend and colleague which suggested that he had been working in the security industry with a licence for the last three years.
- Upon investigation, the SIA discovered that Bashir had obtained work from an SIA approved contractor by presenting his father’s ‘non Front-Line’ licence to work at various NHS hospitals and also presented his father’s ‘Door Supervisor’s’ licence to another company in order to obtain work.
- Following being charged by the SIA with two offences of fraud by false representation and one charge of possession of articles for use in fraud Bashir pleaded not guilty at Bolton Magistrates’ Court but following his trial on the 22 February 2022 he was found guilty.
- Bashir was sentenced to twenty-six weeks imprisonment, suspended for two years, ordered to complete two hundred hours of unpaid work and to pay £1,000 in costs and a victim surcharge of £128.00.
An SIA criminal investigation manager said:
‘Mr Bashir has been found guilty and given a suspended prison sentence for three counts of fraud. We deemed him unfit to hold an SIA licence due to his prior criminality, yet he worked illegally in hospitals at a time when the NHS was severely under pressure and dealing with vulnerable people. The SIA’s licensing regime is there to protect the public and keep people safe and he sought to undermine the licensing regime by his dishonest behaviour. This successful prosecution has stopped him in his tracks, and he now has a substantial costs’ order to pay.’
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It is clear that the SIA regards such offences seriously, whether committed by individuals or and companies and that a conviction will result in loss of reputation, damage to a business, financial consequences and, potentially, a prison sentence for an individual.
If you are subject to any investigation by the SIA, police or any other regulatory body, whether relating to your work or any other cause, you should seek expert advice immediately.
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