A CROOK who made more than £280,000 by hiring out illegal workers as security guards has been ordered to pay back just £1.
Jason Dorward was a company secretary at one of the five firms owned by Fernando Salcedo, who is today behind bars for employing refugees and immigrants without work visas as “cheap labour”.
Dorward, of Exeter Street, Sunderland, made £283,871 through the illegal dealings between 2007 and 2010.
But Newcastle Crown Court heard the 42-year-old, who admitted two charges of providing security services without a licence, and one of acquiring criminal property, has no remaining assets and was ordered to pay back the nominal sum under the Proceeds of Crime Act.
His boss Salcedo, of Eccleston Road, South Shields, made £3.5million in the scam by hiring out the illegal workers as security guards.
The court was told the unlicensed workers, who were paid just £4 per hour, were hired out to reputable firms to guard building sites for legitimate firms across the UK.
Between 2006 and 2010, when he had no licence to hire or provide security services, Salcedo employed 363 workers to staff more than 50 building sites.
Salcedo was ordered to pay back the £54,081 he has left. The 65-year-old was jailed for 30 months.
Judge Paul Sloan QC said: “The business of providing unlicensed security guards was conducted through five separate companies.
“As one company failed, another company was created to take its place.
“The companies were used as vehicles to receive payments for the provision of unlicensed security guards.
“The majority of the security guards provided were Indian or Filipino nationals whose immigration status did not permit them to be employed as they were. Some of them were also illegal immigrants.
“They represented a ready source of cheap labour and were paid low wages. This offending undermines the integrity of the licencing system, and what it is that system seeks to achieve.
“This was large scale, sophisticated, as well as being a planned enterprise which was persisted in. A very large sum of money was acquired unlawfully.
“There was potential harm posed for legitimate clients. I accept that harm never materialised.”
Judge Sloan said he accepted Salcedo, who admitted four charges of acquiring criminal property, and five of providing security services without a licence, did not pocket the entire £3,512,100 and that a lot of it was used to pay out on wages to his staff and other costs.
He accepted Dorward, was paid a wage and no more for the part he played in the illegal enterprise.
Dorward, who has no other convictions, was sentenced to a community order for 12 months with supervision and 80 hours’ unpaid work.
Lesley Field-Salcedo, of Sargeant Avenue, South Shields, the ex-wife of Salcedo, who admitted two charges of providing unlicensed security guards, was sentenced to a community order for 12 months with supervision for her role as “sleeping partner” in the first two companies in 2006-2007.
The court heard she has been in no trouble before or since and made no significant personal financial gain through her involvement.