On 18 August at Leeds Magistrates Court, Aaron Mohammed was fined for working without a Security Industry Authority (SIA) licence. His company, Twenty Four 7 Security & CCTV Ltd, was also prosecuted for supplying unlicensed security officers.
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’s currently serving for unrelated matters.
The SIA’s head of criminal investigations, Nathan Salmon, said: “Aaron Mohammed wasn’t licensed to manage or supervise those engaged in licensable activity. He supplied unlicensed security operatives to his customers and ignored numerous attempts by the SIA to engage with him.”
Salmon continued: “Throughout 2017, the SIA has been investigating a number of security businesses in West Yorkshire, all of which appear to be closely linked to each other. We will continue to pursue and take action against those businesses that flout the regulation. We’re determined to root out poor business practices.”
Crackdown on security companies
The SIA began investigating Twenty Four 7 Security & CCTV Ltd as part of a crackdown on security companies who were suspected of deploying unlicensed security officers. The Regulator established that Aaron Mohammed had secured a contract to guard seven sites across the Leeds and Bradford area of West Yorkshire.
On several occasions, from December 2016 to January this year, the SIA requested information relating to contracts. All attempts made by the SIA to engage with Aaron Mohammed and his company were ignored.
To investigate further, in December last year, SIA investigators inspected several sites and found two security officers working without a licence at two sites. Deploying unlicensed security operatives constitutes an offence under the Private Security Industry Act 2001.
The security officers stated that they were employed by Twenty Four 7 Security & CCTV Ltd and explained that Aaron Mohammed was their boss. This led SIA investigators to check whether Aaron Mohammed was licensed as the 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 security officers and ignoring the SIA’s requests for information.