Fake skills card dealer jailed for more than three years

Grant Prior 1 month ago
Share

A man who manufactured and sold fake construction industry skill cards has been jailed for more than three years.

Online trader Andrew Weeks was sentenced at Warwick Crown Court for offences under the Fraud Act.

Weeks was caught following an investigation by Warwickshire County Council Trading Standards.

Officers discovered that he was manufacturing construction industry skill cards at his printing firm and selling them via his website.

Weeks was sentenced to 3 years and 8 months after pleading guilty to the manufacture of fake documents.

The investigation was supported with information from the Construction Industry Training Board and a number of card schemes including the Construction Skills Certification Scheme and the Electrotechnical Certification Scheme.

Graham Wren, Chief Executive at CSCS said: “This is another example of the industry working together to tackle card fraud.

“CSCS will always support the authorities to identify and act against those attempting to deceive construction employers.

“This case also highlights the need for thorough card checks, ideally electronically, to ensure construction workers are who they say they are and have the correct qualifications for the job they do on site.”

Weeks was also sued by CSCS for copyright infringement and ordered to pay damages of £6,000.

Steve Brawley, Chief Executive at ECS said: “We hope that this case will serve as a message to would be fraudsters that their actions will not be accepted.

“Fraudsters on construction sites present a danger to themselves and others and we need to work together to stamp this activity out.”

Ian Sidney, Fraud Manager at CITB said: “This sentence shows just how serious construction card fraud is and the lengths that CITB and the whole industry will go to in order to stamp it out.

“The use of fake cards could easily lead to accidents, injuries or even fatalities where contractors do not have the required skills, training or qualifications.

“Employers must remain vigilant when checking workers’ documentation and keep an eye out for any suspicious activity.”

Latest news

Argent gets go-ahead for major Tottenham Hale revamp

Contractor hunt to start soon with construction set to start next summer
10 hours ago

£2bn Elephant & Castle shopping centre scheme final go-ahead

Demolition to start after London mayor nods through vast scheme
14 hours ago

Drylining boss banned for tax dodging

Insolvency Service investigators uncover huge CIS and VAT payment discrepancies
10 hours ago

Modular building specialist goes into administration

Timber accommodation pod maker Carbon Dynamic runs out of cash on major contract
13 hours ago

Structural engineer crushed under scaffold tubes

Housing giant and scaffold contractor fined a total of £180,000
14 hours ago

Consultant MHBC merges with Cumming

City of London based firm now part of global giant
13 hours ago

Crossrail delayed again as costs rise by another £2bn

Mayor attacks previous management team who insisted project was "on time and on budget"
1 day ago

Top housing association hires Lendlease resi chief

Richard Cook will lead Clarion Group's ambitious development plans
1 day ago

UK’s tallest Premier Inn plan in Docklands

Premier Inn books in at 30-storey mixed resi and hotel scheme
13 hours ago

Kier wins £45m Cambridge schools campus phase one

Northstowe education campus includes a new 1,800 pupil secondary
14 hours ago

Ian Lawson to advise McLaren on growth plans

Former Severfield and Kier boss becomes consultant at expanding contractor
1 day ago

Boost your online presence – join the Enquirer Directory

New site for suppliers and buyers showcases products, services and latest stories
7 months ago

Interserve shares collapse as rescue talks continue

Shares slump to all-time low as firm now worth under £13m
2 days ago

Forrest falls into administration

Construction and housing divisions to cease trading while Engie buys refurb and energy contracts
4 days ago

Wates chief draws up first best behaviour code for private firms

Wates Principles to raise corporate governance standards at private firms
2 days ago

Plan for Bristol Finzels Reach £140m phase 2

Former Avon Fire and Rescue HQ to be transformed with 300 homes and offices
2 days ago

Labour calls for public contract bidding ban on Interserve

Shadow minister demands action to protect taxpayers
2 days ago

£750m East of England framework out for rebid

Construction work to be broken into four project value bands
2 days ago

Lakehouse staff let go as subcontractors quit sites

Workers made redundant and suppliers leaving sites just months after sale
5 days ago

Kier scores November contracts league double

£300m London luxury flats project extends Kier's lead at top of annualised league
5 days ago

Green light for £300m Norwich mixed used scheme

Weston Homes to build 1.2m sq ft scheme creating a "Covent Garden" style urban quarter
5 days ago

Former Kier boss joins McCarthy & Stone

Nigel Turner to lead drive to reduce construction costs
5 days ago

Vermont replaces Forrest on £100m Liverpool site

Elliot Group moves quickly to secure new main contractor as existing site team taken on
5 days ago

Bristol contractor goes into administration

Majority of 50-strong workforce at Helm Construction made redundant
5 days ago

Kier drops out of FTSE 250 as share price dives

Shares trade below discounted rights issue price
6 days ago

Betting Spy: No Arnie no problem for West Ham

West Ham and Man City to land 3/1 double
5 days ago

36-hour Hinkley Point concrete pour releases £70m

BYLOR achieves key concrete raft milestone in 2,500 cu m pour
6 days ago

Murphy major projects chief joins Galliford Try

Sean Blackmore to lead expansion in the rail market
6 days ago

Multiplex Europe MD shifts to non-exec role

Ross Ballingall moves on after eight years heading construction business
6 days ago

MPs demand end to late payment and retentions reform

Hard-hitting select committee report demands end to cash "stranglehold" imposed by big firms
6 days ago

Contractor services