SIA licence fraudster from West London remanded in custody

13 November 2019


Last Thursday, 7 November, Oladeji Christopher Owolabi of West London pleaded guilty to two counts of fraud and one offence contrary to the Identity Documents Act at Westminster Magistrates’ Court. Owolabi is now in custody pending his sentencing at Wood Green Crown Court on 5 December. He applied for conditional bail at Thursday’s hearing, which was refused by the magistrates.
 
At the  hearing, we added a further offence under the Identity Documents Act to the court which can only be sentenced in the crown court.  
 
Owolabi’s conviction follows our investigation that started in 2017. Between April 2016 and November 2017 a security operative, supposedly named Olukayode Obanla, acted as a security guard at Haringey Sixth Form College in Tottenham. He got the job at the college because he was using an SIA licence which he altered. He had also failed to get his own licence due to his relevant criminal convictions which included using false identity documents. 
 
Our investigation began after an anonymous tip off to us and Haringey Sixth Form College. We discovered that the documents “Obanla” used to get his licence were fraudulent. 
 
For more than a year our investigators pursued Mr Owolabi to arrange an interview but he refused to engage with them. That left us with no choice but to issue a summons to the last known address of Mr Owolabi.
 
He failed to attend court on Wednesday 6 November, and as a result the court issued a warrant for his arrest. He then agreed to appear in court on Thursday 7 November.  
 
Pete Easterbrook, one of our criminal investigation team managers, said:
“Mr Owolabi was prosecuted on Thursday and he will likely be jailed. He deliberately deceived his employer, and betrayed their trust and jeopardised the safety of vulnerable young people in his care at Haringey Sixth Form College. Mr Owolabi has also undermined our licensing regime through his criminal acts which is entirely unacceptable. The magistrates recognised the seriousness of the criminality, and as such he has been remanded in custody.”


Notes to Editors:
1. By law, security operatives working under contract must hold and display a valid SIA licence. Information about SIA enforcement and penalties can be found on the website.
2. The offences relating to the Fraud Act (2006) that are mentioned in this news release are as follows:
Section 2 – Fraud by false representation
Section 7 – Fraud by production of a false document
3. Identity Documents Act (2010) Section 4 - Possession of identity documents for an improper purpose
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Further information:

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