Door supervisor faces two years behind bars following SIA prosecution for fraud

Liverpool Crown Court

Liverpool Crown Court

On Thursday 5 July at Liverpool Crown Court, the Security Industry Authority (SIA) successfully prosecuted Jack Clegg Walsh for working without an SIA licence. Walsh was jailed for two years for providing fraudulent documents to obtain employment in the security industry, thus placing members of the public at risk.

Clegg Walsh pleaded guilty to two counts of fraud and one of working as an unlicensed door supervisor. He was sentenced to two years’ imprisonment for the most serious offence of adapting articles for use in fraud (reduced from three years, for an early guilty plea). He was also sentenced to 12 months’ imprisonment for the offence of making false representations and three months imprisonment for working as an unlicensed security operative. These sentences will be served concurrently.

Clegg Walsh was working at The Running Horses pub in St Helens in November last year. He ran away from SIA investigators while they were conducting routine licensing checks with Merseyside Police, who they later identified him as Jack Clegg Walsh working for Elite Security (NW) Ltd.

Pete Easterbrook, the SIA’s criminal investigations manager, informed Risk Xtra: “Jack Walsh intentionally misled his employers and broke the law by working without a licence. His behaviour also constitutes fraud and he is now having to face the serious consequences of his actions. This case should serve as a reminder to the industry that the SIA will deal robustly with those who disregard the safeguards that regulation provides, and pursue any type of offending which affects our industry.”

Provision of false information

Walsh had applied to work for Elite Security (NW) Ltd under a different name and had given the company falsified information. This included a licence number that wasn’t his, an altered passport and a photograph that matched the photograph on the passport he produced.

SIA investigators conducted enquiries which confirmed that Jack Clegg Walsh had been refused an SIA licence on the grounds of prior criminality. Further investigation secured documents that were analysed by the National Document Fraud Unit, who concluded that the copy of the passport that Jack Clegg Walsh had presented to his employer was falsified. This was supported by witness evidence showing that the employment document had also been counterfeited.

SIA investigators contacted the original licence holder, who supported the SIA as a witness, confirming that he was the genuine holder of the door supervisor licence which Jack Clegg Walsh had claimed to be his. The genuine licence has since been replaced.

Summation by the Judge 

In summing up, the Judge (Recorder Jeremy Lasker) who presided over the case said: “This was a carefully thought-out fraud, sophisticated in the sense that you [Jack Clegg Walsh] put a good deal of spadework into finding a donor identity and altering a relative’s licence and documents you were to use.”

the Judge added: “There has been, as a result, some financial loss… The real concern here is public safety and the fact that, through dishonest means, you took up regulated employment when you knew you would not be regarded as fit and proper to do so.”

About the Author
Brian Sims BA (Hons) Hon FSyI, Editor, Risk UK (Pro-Activ Publications) Beginning his career in professional journalism at The Builder Group in March 1992, Brian was appointed Editor of Security Management Today in November 2000 having spent eight years in engineering journalism across two titles: Building Services Journal and Light & Lighting. In 2005, Brian received the BSIA Chairman’s Award for Promoting The Security Industry and, a year later, the Skills for Security Special Award for an Outstanding Contribution to the Security Business Sector. In 2008, Brian was The Security Institute’s nomination for the Association of Security Consultants’ highly prestigious Imbert Prize and, in 2013, was a nominated finalist for the Institute's George van Schalkwyk Award. An Honorary Fellow of The Security Institute, Brian serves as a Judge for the BSIA’s Security Personnel of the Year Awards and the Securitas Good Customer Award. Between 2008 and 2014, Brian pioneered the use of digital media across the security sector, including webinars and Audio Shows. Brian’s actively involved in 50-plus security groups on LinkedIn and hosts the popular Risk UK Twitter site. Brian is a frequent speaker on the conference circuit. He has organised and chaired conference programmes for both IFSEC International and ASIS International and has been published in the national media. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk UK at Pro-Activ Publications in July 2014 and as Editor of The Paper (Pro-Activ Publications' dedicated business newspaper for security professionals) in September 2015. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk Xtra at Pro-Activ Publications in May 2018.

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