23 Apr 2019

Security services operator fined $18,000 for unlicensed work

8:06 pm on 23 April 2019

A man has been convicted and fined $18,000 for doing security work he was not licensed for.

Security Guard Holding Walkie-talkie.

Photo: 123RF

Sean Micheals - also known as Seu Ilai Taleni - was convicted and fined in the Manukau District Court.

He pleaded guilty to operating security services without a licence, under the name of three businesses - Corporate Group International, Corporate Protection and Security International and HD Security Services .

The latter two were prosecuted for a similar offence in 2014.

The Department of Internal Affairs says security officers are often in positions of authority and having unlicensed cowboys in the industry puts the public at risk.