Pensions Regulator to prosecute senior staff of national recruitment firm

The Pensions Regulator has announced plans to prosecute a national recruitment firm, its directors and some of its senior staff on the suspicion they illegally opted employees out of their pension scheme.

According to a statement on the regulator’s website, Workchain Ltd (formerly known as Smart Recruitment UK Ltd) is accused of logging into its workplace pension scheme’s online system and using employees’ personal details to terminate their membership of the pension scheme. This is contrary to the terms of use of the system, which requires employees to opt out themselves.

Those charged with unauthorised access to a computer programme, contrary to section 1(1) of the Computer Misuse Act 1990 are:

  • Workchain Ltd, which has its head office in Stephensons Way, Derby, Derbyshire
  • Director Phil Tong of Spend Lane, Ashbourne, Derbyshire
  • Director Adam Hinkley of Shardlow Road, Alvaston, Derbyshire
  • Hannah Armson, of Heath Lane, Findern, Derbyshire
  • Lisa Coy of Marylebone Crescent, Mackworth, Derbyshire
  • Martin West of Jackson Road, Hucknall, Nottinghamshire
  • Robert Tomlinson of Crosby Close, Forest Town, Nottinghamshire
  • Andrew Thorpe of Thorpe Street, Burntwood, Staffordshire

The defendants have been summonsed to appear at Derby Magistrates’ Court on 7 June 2018.

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