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21 July 2013 | Adam Leach
In a statement, the GLA said a 23 year-old man had been taken into custody over allegations of “fraud by misrepresentation”. The arrest was based on suspicions the man had supplied workers to the agricultural and food processing sectors without a licence from the GLA, which is a legal requirement.
Paul Broadbent, chief executive of the GLA, said: “In this case, we had received enough information to suggest the suspect could be acting as a gangmaster unlawfully, and the properties we visited may be involved in serious organised criminal activities. By working with Norfolk Police and other local organisation, who teamed up to execute these warrants and search the properties, we have been able to retain substantial amounts of evidence.”
To make the arrest a combination of officers from the GLA, Norfolk Police”Ž, Norwich City Council and the UK Border Agency raided three properties at the same time in Norfolk.
Earlier this month, a farmer from Inverbervie, Aberdeenshire was fined £2,000 by the GLA for supplying unlicensed workers to a potato processing and packaging plant. The fine was issued after AM & AJ Jacobsen pled guilty to the offence. AM & AJ Jacobsen refused to comment on the matter when contacted by SM.