On Friday 14 February, Irfan Dogan (23) from Leicester was sentenced at Leicester Crown Court. Dogan was fined £1,000 and ordered to pay court costs of £1,000 for infringement of the Private Security Industry Act 2001. He was ordered to pay £30,000 on Friday 27 January under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002. The presiding Judge at Leicester Crown Court ordered Dogan to make full payment within three months or risk being jailed for eight months.
Friday’s sentencing follows Dogan’s guilty plea at Leicester Magistrates’ Court in October 2018 to three counts, for working without a Security Industry Authority (SIA) licence and providing false information to SIA investigators. Dogan also failed to provide relevant information, which is an offence under the Private Security Industry Act 2001.
Judge His Honour J Spencer QC said at Leicester Crown Court: “You (Irfan Dogan) were playing fast and loose with the law.”
The investigation by the SIA into Dogan, the owner and manager of Leicester-based Cobra Security Services, began in October 2017. He was initially being investigated for claiming in social media posts that the business held Approved Contractor Scheme status. Dogan’s licence expired on 8 January 2018, but he continued to operate as the owner and 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.
Invitation to formal interview
When the SIA contacted Dogan, he claimed that Cobra Security Services had not been in operation since the start of 2017. To investigate further, the SIA invited him to a formal interview in May 2018. He said he was unable to attend as he was abroad.
In August 2018, the SIA confirmed Dogan had returned to the UK. As a result, SIA investigators again invited Dogan to a formal interview. He ignored this request and did not attend. The requirement to hold a licence when trading in the UK are not limited to UK residents.
Dogan also failed to respond to a request for information despite confirming that he had received a formal request, which is an offence under the Private Security Industry Act 2001. Since May 2018, Dogan had failed to communicate with the SIA and he was consequently prosecuted.
Safeguarding the public
Nathan Salmon, the SIA’s criminal investigations manager, said: “The SIA exists to ensure that only fit and proper individuals who are trained and equipped to work in the industry do so. It’s a safeguard that protects the public and gives assurance. Part of our legislation is about providing information relating to an investigation and this case is a reminder to the private security industry that ignoring our request for information can mean prosecution.”
Salmon added: “Alongside prosecution, as a Regulator we have worked to confiscate the profits made from operating without a licence and pursue this under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002. We want to support compliant businesses by ensuring that there are no financial benefits to operating without being properly licensed.”