Convicted Wiltshire security boss must pay £84,000 as proceeds of crime or face two-year jail term

A Wiltshire security firm boss has had assets of over £80,000 confiscated after being convicted of providing unlicensed security officers to a school over a period of 12 years. Steven Renouf, the former owner of Taghna Security Services, has 28 days to comply with the Proceeds of...
Posted On 01 Mar 2019

Unlicensed security boss given prison sentence for “blatant” and “premeditated” fraud

On 12 December 2018 at Antrim Crown Court, Steven Ian Nixon (47) of Portadown – the owner of Eventsafe Security – was sentenced to nine months’ imprisonment for fraud and three months for supplying unlicensed security operatives. Both jail sentences were...
Posted On 09 Jan 2019

Trio of managers jailed for taking part in £822,000 National Health Service fraud

Three NHS managers (one in-house and two from an agency) have been sentenced at Merthyr Tydfil Crown Court for defrauding Powys Teaching Health Board (PTHB) of £822,236.22. Mark Evill was sentenced to seven years’ imprisonment, Robert Howells to four years and Michael Cope to...
Posted On 14 Nov 2018

Unlicensed security director handed suspended prison sentence as court considers confiscation of assets

On Monday 6 November at Caernarfon Crown Court, Mark Pursglove was sentenced for working without a Security Industry Authority (SIA) licence following earlier hearings in September and October this year. At this latest hearing, Pursglove was handed a four-month prison sentence...
Posted On 13 Nov 2017

Barred security director to be sentenced at Crown Court and accomplice sentenced for working without a licence

On Thursday 12 October at Caernarfon Magistrates Court, Mark Pursglove was referred to the Crown Court to be sentenced for working without a Security Industry Authority (SIA) licence. Rachel Williams was sentenced for aiding and abetting offences. This sentencing follows the...
Posted On 16 Oct 2017

Launch of consultation on Criminal Finances Act Codes of Practice announced by Home Office

A four-week consultation has been launched on the Codes of Practice that will help law enforcement officers confiscate valuable items and other assets acquired using proceeds of crime as well as tackle the financing of terrorism. Indeed, law enforcement agencies will soon be able...
Posted On 03 Aug 2017

NHS dialysis manager and contractors jailed for £300,000 fraud against Epsom and St Helier Trust

An NHS manager, his partner and three contractors, all of whom helped to defraud his employer of hundreds of thousands of pounds, have been sentenced at Croydon Crown Court following a thorough fraud investigation led by NHS Protect. The thefts from Epsom and St Helier University...
Posted On 12 Dec 2016
Brian Sims BA (Hons) Hon FSyI: Editor of Risk Xtra

Laws of the Land

Security-focused legislation drafted with a view towards providing stronger powers for disrupting extremists and tackling corruption, money laundering and tax evasion was announced as part of Her Majesty The Queen’s Speech delivered to Parliament on Wednesday 18 May. The...
Posted On 28 Jun 2016

Security Industry Authority afforded new powers under the Proceeds of Crime Act

The Conservative Government has amended the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002, changing those powers available to regulatory bodies including the Security Industry Authority (SIA), the Regulator for the private security industry. Effective from the end of November 2015, the SIA now has...
Posted On 21 Dec 2015
The Old Bailey in central London

Company directors ordered to pay six-figure confiscation sum under Proceeds of Crime Act

On Tuesday 1 September, two security company directors appeared before the Central Criminal Court at the Old Bailey in London. John Anah and Tony O’Gonna, co-directors of ANCO UK Ltd, AA Guarding Ltd and Metro Guards UK Ltd were ordered to pay a confiscation totalling £666,697...
Posted On 08 Sep 2015