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

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

by Brian Sims

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.”

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