OWNER OF UNLICENSED SECURITY FIRM ARRESTED
Friday, March 27, 2015
—The owner of an unlicensed security company was arrested after a joint investigation by the Cook County Sheriff’s Police Department and the Illinois Department of Financial & Professional Regulations (IDFPR), Sheriff Thomas J. Dart announced today.
Last month, Cook County Sheriff’s Police received information that a man was making agreements with liquor stores in Chicago and other parts of Cook County to provide armed security at their establishments. Sheriff’s Police learned that the man, identified as Harvey Jones, 48, of Blue Island, was not licensed by the state to run a security firm.
On March 12, Sheriff’s Police and IDFPR visited six stores where they believed Jones’ employees worked. Sheriff’s Police arrested two men at two different locations who they learned worked for Jones’ non-licensed company. The men, who were carrying weapons, had valid FOID cards but did not have the certification to be armed security guards.
Anthony Holloway, 42, of Chicago, was arrested for unlawful use of a weapon at a liquor store in the 70 block of E. 159th Street in Harvey.
Tracy Fraley, 42, of Chicago, was also arrested for unlawful use of a weapon at a liquor store in the 3900 block of West Arthington Street in Chicago.
A third man, found to have worked security at a store in the 800 block of 115th Street in Chicago, was armed with a cap gun. He was not charged.
On March 19, Jones turned himself in to Sheriff’s Police. He was arrested and charged with operating without a license, a misdemeanor.
“We commend Sheriff Dart’s office for working in tandem with our investigators to bring about the arrests of Harvey Jones and members of his unlicensed security firm,” said Bryan Schneider, Secretary of Illinois Department of Financial & Professional Regulation. “The arrests of these individuals send a message that we will work together to ensure the safety of our communities by investigating allegations of individuals purporting to be licensed professionals.”
Sheriff Dart reminds the public that the status of professional licenses may be checked online at the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation’s website, www.idfpr.com.
Sheriff Dart also reminds the public that the defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty by the government in a court of law.