A security director has been ordered to pay £36,000 after supplying unlicensed security guards to a school for 11 years.

John Raymond Daley, of Kilnwood Avenue, Hockley, was ordered to pay a confiscation under the Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA) of £25,000 and also prosecution costs of £11,000.

This follows Daley’s conviction of six counts of providing unlicensed security guards to a school in Acton, West London, and failure to provide information to the regulator.

The prosecution was brought by the Security Industry Authority (SIA) and Daly also received a 12-month conditional discharge for each offence.

SIA investigators inspected the school in April 2016 and found three security guards working without a licence who were contracted to work by Guard International Professional Services.

They also uncovered Daley had held a contract with this school since 2008 and these three guards had worked unlicensed for a prolonged period.

When invited to a formal interview, Daley denied his involvement and said his friend, who died in April 2016, ran the company.

He claimed he had nothing to do with the contract but was the operations manager for Guard UK International Ltd and responsible for ensuring the security guards behaved correctly.

However, the security guards confirmed that Daley was the business owner and their manager. Tthe school’s invoices were from Guard International Professional Services Ltd and referenced Daley.

SIA investigators formally requested more information which Daly ignored, an offence under the Private Security Industry Act 2001 (PSIA).

The SIA sent a second formal request which Daley returned incomplete, which is also an offence. A subsequent financial investigation confirmed that Daley had received payment for the guards who were unlicensed.

Pete Easterbrook, the SIA’s Criminal Investigations Manager, said: “Daley’s conviction concludes a challenging criminal and financial investigation.

“His guilty pleas demonstrate that he was, at very least, involved in the supply of unlicensed security guards to a school and showed no concern that this may have presented a heightened risk to public safety.

“Our use of the POCA to recover assets serves as a reminder that breaches in the Private Security Industry are criminal acts, and we will seek to recover the benefits of such activity.”