Fraudster with history of violence bought fake licence to get security guard job

A fraudster with a history of violence used a counterfeit qualification to get a security guard job. On November 5, Khaled Hamed was handed a six-month suspended sentence at Westminster Magistrates Court. Hamed, from North West London, joined Paragon Security Group as a security guard in February 2019.

READ MORE: Neighbours’ fury at 190-year-old London church bells that ring ‘every day’ During the selection process he had provided a number of supporting documents, including a copy of a front-line door supervisor licence in his own name. However, when he turned up to work on Covent Garden the site supervisor realised the licence was a fake.

After he was refused access to the site, Hamed, who had three previous criminal convictions including two for violence, was invited to a formal interview with Paragon. During this meeting he admitted he had paid a friend GBP200 for the counterfeit licence claiming to be from the Security Industry Authority (SIA), which regulates the private security industry. Mark Chapman, a Criminal Investigations manager at the SIA, said: “His existing criminal record would have meant that the SIA would not have granted him a licence.

“Hamed thought he could bypass the proper checks and balances until his deception was spotted by a vigilant site supervisor. “The use of counterfeit SIA licences can give unqualified and unsuitable personnel the opportunity to work illegally within the security industry. “This puts the public at risk because people doing this are neither suitably vetted nor trained.”

While the licence number was of a genuine licence, the image was of Hamed.

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Hamed pleaded guilty to committing three counts of fraud last month and was handed a six-month prison sentence suspended for 12 months. He is also subject to a three-month curfew between the hours of 8am and 7pm and must wear an electronic tag. Sentencing, District Judge Oliver said: “You pleaded guilty at the first opportunity to three serious offences.

“You didn’t disclose the fact you had convictions and obtained a licence to work as a security officer. “That is a serious matter. People who work in this industry are to be appropriately vetted with appropriate information.

“You were plainly aware that you were not entitled to work in the industry and attempted to subvert the system and indeed you did so.”

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