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Unlicensed manager prosecuted for providing false information as part of SIA investigation

by Brian Sims

In October last year, the Security Industry Authority (SIA) began an investigation into Irfan Dogan, owner and manager of Cobra Security Services based in Leicester. As the investigation progressed, Dogan’s licence expired on 8 January 2018, but he continued to operate as the manager of Cobra Security Services. As the manager of a security company, Dogan was required to be licensed under the Private Security Industry Act 2001.

When the SIA contacted Dogan, he claimed that Cobra Security Services had not been in operation since the start of the year. The SIA invited Dogan to a formal interview in May this year, but he said he was unable to attend as he was abroad.

In August, the SIA checked with the UK Border Force who confirmed Dogan had returned to the UK. As a result, the SIA’s investigators again invited Dogan to a formal interview. He ignored this request and did not attend.

Dogan also failed to respond despite confirming that he had received the formal request. This an offence under the Private Security Industry Act 2001. Since May this year, Dogan had failed to communicate with the SIA and, as a consequence, he has been prosecuted.

Nathan Salmon, the SIA’s criminal investigations manager, said: “Working without an SIA licence is unlawful and should not be taken lightly. The SIA licence ensures that everyone working in the industry is ‘fit and proper’ and has been checked by the Regulator. It also exists to protect the public and give assurances that security operatives are properly trained and equipped.”

Salmon added: “This case also draws attention to the fact that ignoring our requests for information and providing false information is also unlawful. Burying your head in the sand does not mean the case against you will go away.”

Dogan will be sentenced at Leicester Crown Court on 3 December and his case considered under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002, which sets out the legislative scheme for the recovery of criminal assets with criminal confiscation being the most commonly used power. Confiscation occurs after a conviction has taken place.

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