A man from Luton was jailed for 18 months and recommended for deportation for illegally working in the UK and cheating to obtain skill cards in the construction industry.
The man paid someone to sit the required health and safety tests in order to obtain CSCS cards and CPCS cards.
The CITB found that he was using the cards to work on sites across London and Milton Keynes. He was also found to have used a number of fake names in order to work illegally in the UK. He pleaded guilty in Luton Crown Court to eight charges including the misuse of identity documents and fraudulently obtaining leave to remain in the UK.
The fraud investigator at the CITB led the investigations into his cards and qualifications and immediately revoked his CPCS card after a tip off from the home office. The statement below was key to the prosecution for sentencing.
He said: “The risks these people pose when illegally working in the construction industry are huge, so it’s encouraging to see that those who do brought to justice.
“Fraud is incredibly damaging to the reputation of the industry and worse, it puts people’s lives in jeopardy.”
“Building sites can be hazardous if workers do not have the relevant training and qualifications, so it is lucky one was injured.”
“We simply will not tolerate any illegal activities and will continue to work with the police to prosecute fraudsters.”
It is also noting that if cards are revoked by the CITB the may still be in possession of the physical card. Cards can be checked on the CSCS card website to see if they are authentic, still valid and in date.