Two men have been accused of fraud relating to the CITB’s health safety and environment test and CSCS cards after a multi-agency investigation.
Arrests were made in Ilford and Seven Kings, London, and were the result of close working between local neighbourhood policing teams, immigration officers, environmental health officers and CITB’s corporate investigators.
Both men have been detained, cautioned and have had their fraudulent CSCS and Security Industry Authority cards revoked.
CITB fraud investigator, Ian Sidney said: “These arrests highlight the benefits of partner agencies working together to tackle identity fraud and related criminality.
“While CITB’s main objective is to uphold the integrity of its test and card schemes to ensure safety in the UK construction industry, it is clear that different types of crime are also being committed by the same groups of individuals.
“Joint operations like these send the message that CITB will continue to work with other law enforcement agencies in fighting all types of unlawful activity,” he added.
Investigators also found 11 illegal immigrants at the two addresses. Five were arrested immediately, while the remaining six were taken to Becket House Immigration Centre for interview by immigration officers.
CITB has been working with the London Metropolitan Police over the past 18 months to ensure the arrest of offenders suspected of fraudulent card offences.
Last July a man was found guilty of impersonating candidates at 48 HS&E tests, and in March 2013 a man was arrested for using a fraudulent HS&E pass to obtain CSCS and Construction Plant Competence Scheme cards.
CITB delivery manager for testing and card services said: “These recent arrests demonstrate CITB is committed to taking a much more robust approach in dealing with individuals who are trying to cheat the system.
“People who are taking tests for other people or applying for cards with fake passes will be found out and dealt with.”
More than 500,000 HS&E tests are conducted every year, and almost 300,000 CPCA cards have been issued in the UK since 2003.