Two men arrested in crackdown on card scheme criminals
Two London men were arrested on suspicion of fraud relating to the CITB’s Health Safety and Environmental (HS&E) tests and CSCS card schemes this month. The arrests, made in Ilford and Seven Kings, were the result of close working between the local neighbourhood policing teams, Immigration Officers, Environmental Health Officers and CITB’s Corporate Investigators.
Both men were detained, cautioned, and had their fake CSCS and Security Industry Authority (SIA) cards revoked.
Commenting on the successful operation, CITB’s 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.”
These latest arrests are the most recent successes in the last 18 months, which have seen CITB working with the London Metropolitan Police force to ensure the arrest of offenders suspected of fraudulent card offences, which can easily lead to injuries and fatalities on site if undetected.
One man, arrested in July last year, was found guilty of candidate impersonation at 48 HS&E tests, and in March another man, whose case has since been passed to staff at the UK Border Agency, was arrested for using a fraudulent HS&E pass to obtain Construction Plant Competence Scheme (CPCS) and CSCS cards.