Accounts manager fined £5,000 for pension admin failure

An accounts manager who tried to hide the fact that restaurants had not given their staff workplace pensions has been ordered to pay £5,000, after being taken to court by the Pensions Regulator (TPR)

Bradford-based Mansoor Nasir submitted false declarations of workplace pension compliance to TPR to claim that nine restaurants were giving their employees the correct benefits.

When TPR investigated it found that Nasir had failed to automatically enrol 103 staff into workplace pensions at the restaurants for which he was the payroll adviser in Birmingham, Manchester, Yorkshire and the north east. He tried to cover this up using false declarations between September 2014 and May 2017.

At Brighton magistrates’ court Nasir pleaded guilty to nine charges of knowingly or recklessly providing TPR with information which was false or misleading. He was ordered to pay a £3,320 fine, £1,560 costs and a £120 victim surcharge.

Darren Ryder, TPR’s director of automatic enrolment, said: ‘Nasir claimed he didn’t know what he needed to do to put the staff into their workplace pensions but instead of asking us for help he put his head in the sand.

‘There is guidance on our website and we also have people on hand to offer employers and advisers help on how to comply with their automatic enrolment duties.

‘Nasir’s lies to us have now left him with an entirely avoidable bill and a criminal record.’

The restaurants that 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.

Report by Pat Sweet

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