A Hull takeaway owner has been sentenced to 15 months imprisonment suspended for two years following a joint prosecution by environmental health and the police relating to food safety offences and perverting the course of justice.
The joint prosecution was taken against Gholam Reza Parviz relating to his time as owner of Latino’s Takeaway 288 Southcoates Lane, Hull. Mr Parviz pleaded guilty at Hull Crown Court to eight separate food safety offences, to the breach of a closure order and to a charge of intention to pervert the course of justice after he pretended to be someone else.
Hull EHOs told Mr Parviz that his takeaway posed an imminent risk to health due given the poor hygiene standards and that he was operating without a hot water boiler and so had no access to hot water. Mr Parviz currently runs another takeaway, Valencia at 287b Preston Road, Hull.
‘We served an emergency hygiene prohibition notice but he then waited until half past seven or eight thinking that we were off duty and would open up again,’ said Hull City Council principal EHO Paul Turner.
‘We caught him trading in between us serving the notice and going to the Magistrates Court to turn it into an emergency hygiene prohibition order. Also some of us knew him as Mr Parviz, but whenever he was in trouble he used the name Mr Mousavi as an alias. We reported it to Humberside Police and they took that charge.’
Despite the successful prosecution Mr Parviz did not have to pay the legal costs of Hull City Council.
In addition to environmental health working with the Police the investigation also included working with housing benefit and the Department for Work and Pensions relating to benefit fraud.
‘Everyone worked together on this where we shared information so it was a joint investigation with two separate paired up prosecutions,’ said Mr Turner.
Four days after his Crown Court prosecution on the 1 November Mr Parviz pleaded guilty to two further offences at Hull Magistrates Court to failing to declare a change to his circumstances resulting in an overpayment of council tax benefit and income support totaling £9,397. Mr Parviz was given a conditional discharge dependent on him paying back all monies fraudulently taken.
Report from EHN Dated:11/12/2013