Lockmith company found guilty of fraud
A locksmith firm found guilty by a court of fraud is facing up to two years in prison.
The Al-Jazeera English team has obtained court documents outlining how a locksmith was convicted of fraudulent activity and has asked the Ministry of Justice for a full investigation into the case.
The accused locksmith at the centre of the case, a man named Abdul Samad, is currently serving a three-year sentence in jail.
The investigation began after a woman called Al Jazeera was arrested by a local police officer and questioned about her husband’s locksmithing business.
“She said she knew a locksman named Abdul and that he is the one responsible for the locksmith shop in which his son works,” the police officer told the court.
The woman told police she had not met Abdul, and did not know if the man was her husband.
“When asked about the locksman who did his work, she said that Abdul did not come to the house to check on his locksmith work, and that it was a private business,” the court documents said.
The court documents also revealed that the lockswoman said she had been paid more than $4,000 in cash for work on the locks at her locksmith business.
The locksmith told the officer that he was not the one who did the work, as he had not been working there for a while.
But the court records said that the employee who called Al-Watan was “a key figure” of the company.
“According to the employee, she is the head of locksmiths department of Abdul Samadeh’s locks and locksmith office.
She is also a key figure in the locks department of the locks and lock shop,” the documents said, referring to the locks business.
Abdul Samad’s lawyer said his client would appeal against the sentence.
“We hope that the court will sentence Abdul Samada to the maximum punishment possible and also ensure that the accused locksman is brought to justice,” Samad said in a statement to Al Jazeera.
The case comes at a time when Al Jazeera is looking into the use of locks in homes and businesses.
Last week, the UK’s home secretary called for a moratorium on locks and the use in private homes.
“The use of lock systems is widespread and often the reason for burglaries and break-ins, which has contributed to a rise in home invasions,” Theresa May said in an open letter.
“Lock systems should be banned and the owners of locks and locking systems prosecuted for fraud.”
According to an analysis by Al Jazeera, there are about 1,000 locksmith firms across the UK and some of the largest are based in the south-east.