On 18 August, at Leeds Magistrates Court, Aaron Mohammed was fined for working without an SIA licence. His company, Twenty Four 7 Security & CCTV Ltd, was also prosecuted for supplying unlicensed guards.
Aaron Mohammed pleaded guilty to all the offences, on 21 August. The court fined him £100 and ordered him to pay costs of £2,251 and a victim surcharge of £30. The company itself was also fined £100 and ordered to pay costs of £2,251 and a victim surcharge of £30.
The court stated that all the fines must be paid in full by August 2018 when Aaron Mohammed is released from the custodial sentence he is currently serving for unrelated matters.
Our Head of Criminal Investigations, Nathan Salmon, said:
Aaron Mohammed was not licensed to manage or supervise those engaged in licensable activity. He supplied unlicensed security operatives to his customers and ignored numerous attempts by us to engage with him.
Throughout 2017, we have been investigating a number of security businesses in West Yorkshire, all appear to be closely linked to each other. We will continue to pursue and take action against those businesses that flout the regulation and are determined to root out poor business practices.
We began investigating Twenty Four 7 Security & CCTV Ltd as part of a crackdown on security companies who were suspected of deploying unlicensed guards. We established that Aaron Mohammed had secured a contract to guard at seven sites across the Leeds and Bradford area of West Yorkshire.
On several occasions, from December 2016 to January 2017, we requested information relating to contracts. All the attempts we made to engage with Aaron Mohammed and his company were ignored.
To investigate further, in December 2016, our investigators inspected several sites and found two security guards working without a licence at two sites. Deploying unlicensed security operatives constitutes an offence under the Private Security Industry Act 2001.
The security guards stated that they were employed by Twenty Four 7 Security & CCTV Ltd and explained that Aaron Mohammed was their boss.
This led our investigators to check whether Aaron Mohammed was licensed as director of the company; he was not and this is also an offence.
Aaron Mohammed was formally interviewed in June and admitted to being unlicensed as a director, supplying unlicensed guards and ignoring our requests for information.
- The Security Industry Authority is the organisation responsible for regulating the private security industry in the United Kingdom, reporting to the Home Secretary under the terms of the Private Security Industry Act 2001. The SIA's main duties are: the compulsory licensing of individuals undertaking designated activities; and managing the voluntary Approved Contractor Scheme.
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