An online trader who offered customers fake safety accreditation cards – including cards held by qualified construction operatives, scaffolders, demolition workers and forklift operators – has been jailed for three years and eight months.
Andrew Weeks, 53, based in Hinkley, Leicestershire, was prosecuted by Warwickshire Trading Standards after offering documents for sale through two websites.
The documents seized included Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) cards for construction operatives; Construction Industry Scaffolders Record Scheme (CISRS) cards, forklift truck operator certificates, powered access licences issued to platform operators, and Certificate of Competence for Demolition Operatives (CCDO) cards.
The fakes also included St John Ambulance first aid training certificates, GCSE certificates, student ID cards and driving licences.
As a result of the investigation, Weeks’ computers were forensically examined and the names of individuals who had purchased certificates obtained. According to Warwickshire Trading Standards, these names are now in the hands of the certificate awarding organisations.