An accounts manager is to be prosecuted on suspicion of misleading The Pensions Regulator (TPR) to hide a failure to provide workplace pensions at a string of restaurants.
Bradford-based Mansoor Nasir is accused of submitting false declarations of workplace pension compliance to TPR on behalf of nine linked businesses that he was the payroll adviser for, between September 2014 and May 2017.
The businesses were various 'Akbar' restaurants in Birmingham, Manchester, Yorkshire and the North East.
Mr Nasir, who works at Beaumont Management Services in Duncombe Road, Bradford, faces nine charges of knowingly or recklessly providing TPR with information which was false or misleading, contrary to section 80 of the Pensions Act 2004.
He has been summonsed to appear at Brighton Magistrates' Court on 9 January 2019.
- Knowingly or recklessly providing false information to TPR is an offence under section 80 of the Pensions Act 2004. It carries a maximum sentence in a magistrates' court of an unlimited fine and in the Crown Court a fine or up to two years' imprisonment.
- The restaurants that Mr Nasir provided false information about are Akbars, Akbars Balti Restaurant Ltd, Cafe Akbar Ltd, Akbar Balti (Manchester) Ltd, Akbar Restaurant Birmingham Ltd, Akbar Balti (Sheffield) Ltd, Akbar Restaurant Newcastle Ltd, Akbar Leeds Ltd and Akbar Restaurant Middlesbrough Ltd.
- TPR is the regulator of work-based pension schemes in the UK. Our statutory objectives are: to protect members’ benefits; to reduce the risk of calls on the Pension Protection Fund (PPF); to promote, and to improve understanding of, the good administration of work-based pension schemes; to maximise employer compliance with automatic enrolment duties; and to minimise any adverse impact on the sustainable growth of an employer (in relation to the exercise of the regulator’s functions under Part 3 of the Pensions Act 2004 only).