A man who made and sold fake CSCS cards online has been jailed for more than three years.
Andrew Weeks pleaded guilty to the manufacture of fake documents and was sentenced to three years and eight months at Warwickshire Crown Court last Friday.
An investigation by Warwickshire County Council Trading Standards discovered Mr Weeks was manufacturing industry skills cards at his printing firm – Nuneaton Print – and selling them via his website.
The council’s investigation was supported by information from the CITB, as well as a number of card schemes including the Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) and the Electrotechnical Certification Scheme (ECS).
The CSCS also sued Mr Weeks for copyright infringement, with the scheme awarded £6,000 in damages.
CITB fraud manager Ian Sidney said: “This sentence shows just how serious construction card fraud is.
“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.”