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Fine for unlicensed security work

24 April 2019

Sean Micheals, also known as Seu Ilai Taleni, 56, has been convicted and fined in the Manukau District Court for repeatedly providing security services without a licence.

The Department of Internal Affairs says Mr Micheals pleaded guilty to operating security services without a licence under the businesses Corporate Group International Ltd, Corporate Protection and Security International Ltd and HD Security Services Ltd.

The offences were under the Private Security Personnel and Private Investigators Act 2010.

Internal Affairs says Corporate Protection and Security International Ltd was prosecuted for a similar offence in 2014 when Mr Micheals was an officer of the company.

Marty Greentree, Chief Investigator with the Complaints, Investigation and Prosecution Unit at the Department of Internal Affairs says anyone wanting to carry out security related functions is required by law to first obtain a licence from the Private Security Personnel Licensing Authority.

“The requirement for a security licence helps protect New Zealanders and security operators by ensuring service providers are trusted, trained, and comply with the law," he says.

“Security services are often in positions of authority and having unlicensed cowboys in the industry puts the public at real risk. If people break the law, we will catch them.”

Last updated on the 16th September 2019