Bradford-based accounts manager admits workplace pension offences

workplace pension offences

Bradford-based accounts manager Mansoor Nasir will be sentenced for workplace pension offences after pleading guilty to nine charges of knowingly or recklessly providing The Pensions Regulator (TPR) with information that was false or misleading.

The offences, under section 80 of the Pensions Act 2004, involved workers at the Akbar chain of businesses in restaurants in Birmingham, Manchester, Yorkshire and the North East between September 2014 and May 2017.

A TPR investigation found Nasir had failed to automatically enrol 103 employees at the restaurants, for which he was working as payroll adviser, and tried to cover it up with false declarations.

Joe Turner, TPR’s head of compliance and enforcement, said: “Part of Nasir’s job was to put the restaurant staff into workplace pensions. He failed to do so and then tried to cover it up by lying to us.

“Giving false or misleading information is a serious offence that can earn you a fine, a prison sentence and a criminal record. All employers have workplace pension duties. Don’t take a risk that could affect you for the rest of your life.”

Nasir, who is based at Beaumont Management Services in Duncombe Road, Bradford, will be sentenced at Brighton Magistrates’ Court on 6 February.