Wharf Guards Limited and director sentenced for employing unlicensed guards

12 September 2016

Wharf Guards Limited, a Cambridge security company, has been sentenced following our investigation into the use of unlicensed security guards.

At Cambridge Magistrates Court on 8 September 2016, the company along with Richard Kinyanjui, director of Wharf Guards Limited, were sentenced to providing unlicensed guards between June and August 2015. The operations manager, George Kalemera was also sentenced for failing to supply information relating to the investigation.

Their sentences follow an investigation in August 2015, during which our investigators made unannounced visits to three sites. At one site in Cambridge, an unlicensed guard with no right to work in the UK was arrested and referred to the immigration services at the Home Office.

Following this targeted inspection, our investigators attempted to conduct interviews with Kinyanjui and Kalemera on several occasions. Both failed to attend. Our investigators also went to Kalemera’s home address to issue a request for information, but he failed to comply.

Wharf Guards Limited, as a company, were fined £1,000 for each Section 5 PSIA offence (2001) of providing unlicensed guards on 3 sites, from June to August 2015. They were also ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £120 and costs of £6,000 totalling £7,120.

Kinyanjui, was fined £500 for each count of providing unlicensed guards, a Section 5 PSIA (2001) offence. He was also ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £120 and costs of £3,000. The total was £4,620 and the full amount is to be paid within 1 year.

Kalemera, was fined £300, for failing to produce documents and information relating to the SIA’s investigation into Wharf Guards Limited. He was also ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £37, and costs of £1,000. The total was £1,337 and the full amount is to be paid within 6 months.

Nathan Salmon, SIA Investigations Manager, said:

We are pleased with the strong penalties awarded against the company and defendants in this case. There are familiar traits to previous investigations we have undertaken in East of England in recent years and we will continue to prosecute those responsible for poor business practices. These defendants chose not to engage with the regulator, but that proves not to be a barrier to prosecution.

Further information:

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