Door supervisor who stole identity to apply for SIA licence given suspended sentence for fraud

On Monday 3 September at Snaresbrook Crown Court, Moses Oshunkoya was sentenced for fraud, having pleaded guilty on 20 August after using a stolen identity to apply for a Security Industry Authority (SIA) licence. Oshunkoya had used a stolen identity to apply for a door supervision licence three times since 2007. He used the details of an acquaintance, namely a Dr Soetan, who realised his identity had been compromised in May 2015. Upon returning to the UK, Border and Immigration officials alerted Soetan that his identity may have been stolen.

Dr Soetan contacted the SIA who investigated the matter and found that he was listed as a licence holder, despite never having applied for a licence. In August 2015, the SIA revoked the licence held by Oshunkoya.

Further investigation revealed that Oshunkoya had fraudulently obtained genuine documents, such as a passport and a utility bill, to apply for an SIA licence.

In court, Oshunkoya was given an 18-month sentence, suspended for two years, for committing fraud. He was also ordered to complete 200 hours of unpaid work.

SIA criminal investigations manager Pete Easterbrook said: “Identity theft has a significant impact on the victim. I’m pleased that, in this case, we were able to bring the perpetrator to justice and reduce any further harm. Having obtained the identity of another person, Moses Oshunkoya sought to obtain work in the security industry, ironically a position which carries trust and responsibility. Mr Oshunkoya believed that he had got away with his crime, but this wasn’t the case and he was called to explain his conduct in court. We will always pursue those individuals who commit criminality within the security industry and take robust action against those who do.”

Detail underpinning the investigation

During the process, SIA investigators asked Dr Soetan to confirm that he recognised the person using his identity as “Moses”. SIA investigators traced his address history and found his mobile number. They checked this with the police and discovered that Oshunkoya had reported an assault at a nightclub. Consequently, the police were able to find out where Oshunkoya worked and details of his employer.

SIA investigators enquired further, contacting Oshunkoya’s former employers who duly provided a statement. They interviewed Oshunkoya twice, but he declined to comment on both occasions. In the end, he was identified by several witnesses as “Moses” and Dr Soetan.

Nicholas Banks, senior licensing decisions manager at the SIA, observed: “While Mr Oshunkoya was able to fraudulently obtain a licence using a stolen identity, we robustly check all licence applications. All first time applicants must produce in person either their passport, UK driving licence, original UK birth certificate or UK biometric resident permit card for a face-to-face check. Our digital checks also result in some documents being subject to further inspection using a verification scanner. In addition, in order to apply for a front line SIA licence, individuals must first obtain an approved training qualification which also requires the production of identity documents in person.”

Banks concluded: “We’re confident that our identity checking procedures are sufficiently robust and minimise the risk of fraud, but also recognise the challenge in trying to eliminate fraud. Where we do become aware of fraud, we take stringent and urgent action.”

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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