Moran Security Services Ltd sentenced for falsely claiming to be SIA Approved Contractor

On 31 May, Adam and Brendan Moran of Moran Security Services Ltd were sentenced at Doncaster Magistrates Court for falsely claiming to be under the Approved Contractor Scheme (ACS) and also for supplying unlicensed security operatives.

Adam and Brendan Moran had pleaded guilty at a previous hearing held on 4 May 2016. The court heard that Security Industry Authority (SIA) investigators carried out a site visit in September 2015 whereupon they found three unlicensed security operatives. One was working on an expired licence, while the other two individuals were unlicensed. This included Adam Moran, the son of director Brendan Moran.

As a result, Brendan Moran (as director) was liable for the supply of unlicensed officers. This is a Section 5 offence and, through consent or neglect, a Section 23 offence under the Private Security Industry Act 2001.

The enquiry revealed that the deployment of the three unlicensed officers occurred over a period of six months between May and October 2015, specifically on two sites and on nearly 100 separate occasions.

SIA investigators looked into this matter and found that, from March 2014 to December 2015 and in November and December 2015, invoices were issued by the company which displayed the ACS logo.

The ACS is a voluntary system of inspection for providers of security services. Those companies registered under the ACS have satisfactorily met specific criteria and agreed standards. Registered ACS companies can advertise themselves as such and distinguish themselves within the private security industry to end user customers.

As Moran Security Services Ltd was not an ACS company, the business’ actions represent a Section 16 offence under the Private Security Industry Act 2001.

ACS application withdrawn

Through further investigation, it became clear that Moran Security Services Ltd had knowledge of the ACS as the business had applied to become an ACS company back in May 2011. However, the application was withdrawn after inadequate information had been provided.

Moran Security Services Ltd was fined £2,000 for Section 5 and 16 offences under the Private Security Industry Act 2001. The company was also ordered to pay costs of £3,049.08 in addition to a surcharge of £120.

Both Adam and Brendan Moran pleaded guilty to Section 5, 16 and 23 offences under the Private Security Industry Act 2001. Adam Moran was fined £1,000, ordered to pay costs of £3,000 and a victim surcharge of £100. Brendan Moran was fined £1,000, ordered to pay £3,000 in costs and a victim surcharge of £100.

Commenting on this case, SIA investigations manager Nigel Davies noted: “The Magistrate’s recognition that the circumstances were serious in nature are welcomed and the sentences reflect this. The SIA is grateful for assistance from the buyers of security in this case who were led to believe that Moran Security was a bona fide ACS company. This case highlights the importance of the integrity of the Approved Contractor Scheme and that only those businesses who have achieved the standards required are permitted to use the ACS logo.”

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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