Security firm owner fined

A security company owner pleaded guilty to carrying on his business without a license and two charges of working as a security guard without a license. 

Mark Twain Turner was ordered to pay a $2,000 fine or serve six months in prison. 

Turner said he had lost his license to run the security company in 2012 and he had continued to run the company, M-1 Security, illegally for another 18 months. 

“You knew you should not have run the business or worked for yourself,” said Magistrate Kirsty-Ann Gunn, adding that she had to record a conviction or risk encouraging others to run unlicensed businesses in the Cayman Islands. 

The magistrate told Turner she took his financial circumstances into consideration while setting the fine as he works to pay off a pension debt accrued before he lost his license. 

The fine, she said, was “not a reflection of what it can be” for running an unlicensed business. 

The purpose of regulating the security industry is to make sure guards are qualified, the magistrate said. The fact that Turner continued to run the business after losing his license in order to pay off a debt related to unpaid pension contributions “doesn’t reduce culpability,” she said.