The Pensions Regulator is to prosecute an accounts manager who is suspected of misleading the regulator, in order to hide a failure to provide workplace pensions at a number of restaurants.
Bradford-based Mansoor Nasir is accused of submitting false declarations of workplace pension compliance to the regulator 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. The restaurants that he 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.
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.
The offence 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. He has been summoned to appear at Brighton Magistrates’ Court on 9 January 2019.