by: Mark Becker Updated:
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - A man who was providing security for several restaurants in the Charlotte area is now facing charges after state agents discovered he didn't have a license to run a security company.
State Alcohol Law Enforcement agents said Steven Andiloro had run his business, Professional Security Solutions in Mooresville, for several years without a state license from the Private Protective Security Board.
The company had a contract with Buffalo Wild Wings when agents arrested him and five of his armed guards earlier this month and took away their guns.
“The armed security guards were not registered, the unarmed security guards were not licensed. He was charged in Gastonia and in Charlotte,” said Agent Jon Dudley with ALE.
Dudley said Andiloro is charged with one count of obtaining property by false pretense—a fraud charge—and a charge of operating a security company without the proper licenses.
“At ALE we try to cut down on violence and it's bad when the people who are trying to help you cut down the violence aren't even registered,” Dudley said.
A spokesman for Buffalo Wild Wings said their corporate position is to hire only unarmed guards unless they are uniformed police officers. He said the regional manager who contracted with Andiloro was not aware of that policy when he signed the contract.
Eyewitness News tried to contact Andiloro on Friday but he was not at home and did not return a phone message.