Weston-Super-Mare woman convicted of making a fraudulent claim On 18 December 2020, Lisa Pearce of Weston-Super-Mare pleaded guilty to fraud at Bristol Crown Court; Pearce’s sentence was 180-hours of unpaid work which must be completed within two years. Pearce was prosecuted by the Security Industry Authority (SIA).Pearce was formerly an SIA licensed Door Supervisor and her licence expired on 7 August 2018.She applied for a new licence on 3 February 2019 and there was a delay in processing Pearce’s licence application.Pearce received her licence on 21 August 2019 and the SIA returned her application fee and advised her about the compensation for a loss of earnings. Pearce made a claim against the SIA for the loss of earnings during the period. Applicants have the right to seek compensation if there is a delay to their application. The SIA will consider a request for compensation for loss of earnings, if a claim is justified and legitimate.The SIA requested Pearce to submit evidence of the loss of earnings by proving her historic earnings as a security operative. The documents Pearce submitted aroused the SIA’s suspicions, it sought to verify the documents with her employer but was unable to.Pearce submitted documents and payslips for the following amounts:November 2018 – £1,379.50December 2018 – £1,379.50January 2019 – £1,286.50On 30 August 2019 Pearce was interviewed under caution and admitted that she had downloaded template payslips from the internet and completed them to use as an illustration and admitted creating fraudulent articles.Nathan Salmon, from the SIA’s Criminal Investigations team, said:Lisa Pearce sought to defraud the SIA by providing false documents. Licensees have a right to compensation if there is a case, but if there is an attempt to defraud, then the SIA will prosecute. Pearce tried to gain financially from her loss of earnings claim by supplying fraudulent wage slips. Pearce had her door supervisor’s licence suspended by the SIA pending the outcome of the prosecution. She has now lost that licence due to her criminal record.During the prosecution, His Honour Julian Lambert, said in his sentencing remarks:Pearce’s decision to make the false claim for loss of earnings to the SIA was a stupid one. Her lies have caught up with her and now she must pay the price. That price is the loss of a job that she loved and the means to support herself.Notes:by law, security operatives working under contract must hold and display a valid SIA licenceread about SIA enforcement and penaltiesthe offence mentioned in the above news release is: Fraud Act 2006: Section 7 (Making or supplying articles for use in frauds) /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:compensation, court, Criminal, fraud, Government, industry, Internet, law, licence, Loss, penalty, prosecution, security, UK, UK Government, woman
Published: June 24, 2003 Share Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-mail The University of Colorado at Boulder’s Center for Astrobiology will continue helping NASA search for extraterrestrial life after winning a $5 million grant from the agency. “We have been asking whether we are alone in the universe for literally thousands of years,” center Director Bruce Jakosky said. “Ours is the first generation that might have a chance to answer that question within our lifetimes. This makes for an extremely exciting program, and I’m proud and excited that CU can be a part of it.” Jakosky is a professor in the CU-Boulder Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics, where the Center for Astrobiology is housed and operated, and in the department of geological sciences. A scientist on several NASA Mars missions, he has directed the CU-Boulder Center for Astrobiology since 1998, when NASA chose CU as one of the original 11 institutions in its Astrobiology Institute. In 1998 NASA awarded the CU-Boulder center a five-year, $3 million grant. The agency’s new grant increases funding to $5 million over the next five years, and CU-Boulder’s center also will receive substantial contributions of non-NASA funds from the university and other partners. “Although we know of no life beyond Earth at present, we are studying the planets both in our solar system and those orbiting other stars in order to understand where life might exist,” Jakosky said. “In addition to understanding the habitability of planets, we are searching for life on Mars and Europa in our solar system over the next two decades, and planning for ways to search for life in planets orbiting other stars using Earth-orbiting telescopes.” NASA officials said that the small group of institutions participating in the agency’s Astrobiology Institute will generate groundbreaking research to help guide space exploration priorities. CU-Boulder is collaborating with Ball Aerospace Corp. and Lockheed-Martin Astronautics to develop technology for exploration. “The technology will address Earth-orbiting telescopes, instruments that will fly on spacecraft to other planets, and entire spacecraft that can address astrobiology-related issues,” Jakosky said. In addition to research, the CU-Boulder center offers a graduate certificate program in astrobiology and related courses at both the graduate and undergraduate levels. “The faculty who are involved in our program are truly outstanding, with both national and international reputations, and we have been able to build a world-class program in astrobiology over the last few years,” Jakosky said. The CU-Boulder Center for Astrobiology involves researchers in the astrophysical and planetary sciences; atmospheric and space physics; the Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics; geological sciences; environmental, population and organismic biology; molecular, cellular and developmental biology and philosophy. Their common goal is learning about the origin, nature and distribution of life in the universe. The CU-Boulder center is partnering with the Denver Museum of Nature and Science for public education and outreach. “Our efforts will provide materials that they can use in their museum directly, as well as materials that can be distributed around the state for use in classrooms,” Jakosky said. “We also have a concerted effort to take the excitement of astrobiology research around the state, especially to institutions and places that normally do not have access to the results of cutting-edge research.” To view the center’s site go to: http://lasp.colorado.edu/programs_missions/present/off_site/astrobiology… . Of the initial eleven members of NASA’s Astrobiology Institute, CU-Boulder and five others have been selected to continue their programs and six new teams have been added. Other universities chosen in 2003 for funding and participation in the NASA institute were the University of California at Los Angeles, the University of Arizona, Pennsylvania State University and the University of Hawaii. Research institutes include the Carnegie Institute of Washington D.C., the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, Mass., and the SETI Institute in Mountain View, Calif. The NASA’s Ames Research Center in Moffet Field, Calif., and Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., are the participating NASA centers. The NASA Astrobiology Institute is an international research consortium with central offices located at NASA’s Ames Research Center in California’s Silicon Valley. NASA Ames is the agency’s lead center for astrobiology, the search for the origin, evolution, distribution and future of life in the universe. For further information about the NAI, visit http://nai.arc.nasa.gov/.