A 34-year-old man from Luton has been found guilty and jailed for illegally working in the UK and falsely obtaining construction skills certification cards.
Manjit Multani was investigated by a Construction Industry Training Board (CITB), which later found out he paid someone to sit the health and safety tests required to obtain the Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) card and Construction Plant Certification Scheme (CPCS) card.
With fraudulent behavior and misused identity documents (fake names) he was able to stay and work on building sites across London and Milton Keynes
As a result, his CPCS card was revoked immediately, he was jailed for 18 months and has been recommended for deportation.
When hiring someone to come work for you, it’s important that all documentation, certifications, qualifications and cards are present in the initial application/interview. (Make sure that working rights and criminal records are ironed out prior to starting work).
Furthermore, it’s recommend that any training centres and colleges they’ve used,plus past customers are called as references/confirmation.
For Your Customer
To avoid being accused of being a ‘cowboy tradesmen’ it’s important to have to hand any documentation, certificates, cards and contracts required to compete the job.
Another way to prove legitimacy is by showing services, completed work and reviews via websites and social media channels. However, these must be regularly updated.
Lastly, probably the most obvious is to clearly explain the issues and the solutions. Physically showing the customer would be even better. This way, if they go away and do research, they’ll find that what you said to be true.
Unfortunately, when it comes to fraud there’s only so much you can do. So if you feel something isn’t quite right then don’t stay silent. Seek the appropriate help/advice.
Below are some useful websites.