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Security Boss Fined for Supplying Unlicensed Security Guards

  • February 22, 2010 at 3:53 pm
  • A security boss has been ordered to pay £1,000 after pleading guilty to supplying unlicensed security guards.

    William Boyd, 56, of Port Glasgow, Renfrewshire, was director of Greenock-based MHM (Scotland) that deployed security staff to various construction sites in the area.

    At Greenock Sheriff Court on1st February 2010, Boyd pleaded guilty to supplying unlicensed security guards to sites and was ordered to pay £1,000.

    By law, contracted security guards must hold and display a valid SIA licence. Those who manage, supervise and/or employ individuals who engage in licensable activity must also hold at least a non-front line licence.

    Sharon Roberts, an SIA Head of Investigation, said “I am pleased with this result. It sends out a strong message to those supplying security staff that flouting the law will not be tolerated. I would urge all directors and managers of security companies to ensure they comply with the legislation.”

    Under the Private Security Industry Act 2001 the maximum penalties are:

    For working in a licensable role without an SIA licence:

    Upon summary conviction at a Magistrate’s Court, Sheriff Court or District Court, a maximum penalty of six months imprisonment and/or a fine of up to £5,000;

    and for supplying unlicenced staff:

    Upon summary conviction at a Magistrates’ Court, Sheriff Court or District Court, a maximum penalty of six months imprisonment and/or a fine of up to £5,000.

    Upon conviction on indictment at Crown Court, High Court of Justiciary or Sheriff and jury trial, an unlimited fine and/or up to five years imprisonment.

    The Security Industry Authority regulates the private security industry in the United Kingdom under the Private Security Industry Act 2001, reporting to the Home Secretary. Its main duties are: the compulsory licensing of individuals undertaking designated activities; managing the voluntary Approved Contractor Scheme approving private security suppliers.

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    by Ron

Lottery Scam

  • June 3, 2009 at 3:38 pm
  • An elderly single lady of 82 was recently the victim of a scam whereby she lost £25,000 after receiving notification that she had won a Spanish Lottery and afterwards was treated appallingly by her bank.

    Over a period of a year Betty* received phone calls and correspondence suggesting that she should subscribe large amounts of money to Spanish bank accounts in order to receive the alleged lottery win. Eventually when Betty told them she thought that she was being defrauded and planned to report the matter to the police, their tactics changed. Betty was then informed that they would send her money. They duly sent four cheques for £2,500 each, which she paid into her bank account.

    Shortly afterwards, to her astonishment, Betty’s bank account was frozen (despite the fact she had some £18k credit) and she received a bailiff’s letter stating her bank book and credit cards must be returned to the well known high street bank.

    Betty tried to speak to her bank manager, with whom she had been a customer for over 50 years, and was told he would not answer any questions as the matter was being dealt with by the fraud department. The bank stopped paying her direct debits and, when she tried to open an account with another bank, it was refused. Betty had to resort to borrowing money from friends to live on and became distressed and ill.

    Following our assistance, the bank was informed of the lottery fraud and the matter was reported to the police. It emerged the cheques paid to her by the alleged lottery were either forged or stolen from British Telecom. Finally, Betty’s account was re-opened and she received £250 as compensation and a bunch of flowers. It is a shame they had not taken the trouble to spend five minutes talking to her from the outset – ‘helpful banking’ indeed.

    The police are still investigating the fraud.

    For information on common lottery scams see the link below.

    *Name changed to protect identity of client

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    by Ron