The director of a security company who was caught providing unlicensed security guards to a charity was fined at Newcastle Under Lyme Magistrates’ Court on Monday 23 April.
Darren Mood, who is the owner of JPD Security Services Ltd and DB Security Ltd, was also barred from acting as a company director for two years.
Mood held a contract between July 2016 and April 2017 to provide security guards to the Lyme Trust, which provides housing and support for vulnerable people with drug and alcohol dependency issues. During this time he supplied unlicensed guards to the charity on more than 200 occasions.
The prosecution brought by our partnership[s and interventions' team began when our West regional team received information that Mood, as owner and director of JPD Security Services Ltd, was supplying unlicensed guards.
Pete Easterbrook, our Criminal Investigations Manager, said:
We are pleased that the court took a serious view of this case. Mood’s criminality was such that he put at risk a group of vulnerable people who were being assisted by a charity. His dishonesty in providing operatives who he knew not to be lawfully licensed or properly trained has had severe consequences for his future business dealings. Our successful application for him to be given a Director Disqualification Order means that he will not be working within the private security industry for some time to come.
In August 2017, we sent a request to Mood for information relating to all contracts held by his company. Mood provided limited information, despite being notified that our request was mandatory under section 19 of the Private Security Industry Act 2001 and therefore held the full force of law.
As a result, both Mood (as the director) and JPD Security Services Ltd were prosecuted by us for supplying the unlicensed security guards to the Lyme Trust. Mood himself was additionally summonsed for contravening our request for information.
On 23 April 2018, Mood pleaded guilty at Newcastle Under Lyme Magistrates Court to all counts, on behalf of both himself and the company. This was the earliest opportunity for him to enter a plea, and on being sentenced he was given maximum credit.
Darren Mood was fined a total of £1,160 and given a Director Disqualification Order for 2 years. He was also ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £50 and prosecution costs of £487.
JPD Security Ltd were additionally fined £660, and are required to pay £3,000 prosecution costs.
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