Wednesday, September 30, 2009

CSCS forgers get 14 years

Three men have been jailed for a total of 14 years for forging document including CSCS cards.

The defendants all lived in Gatehill Gardens in Luton, Karmjit Biryah at number 53, Harnek Biryah in number 38 and Tejpal Singh at number 15, and were each given sentences between three and a half and five and a half years by Luton Crown Court.

The high quality forgeries used the names and the CSCS numbers of genuine cardholders but carried a different photograph, making the forged cards much more difficult to detect. The fake cards were used to secure work for illegal immigrants and the case involved a range of other forged documents including passports. 

CSCS scheme manager Gordon Jenkins said the organisation worked with the police and HMRC to ensure attempts to deceive construction employers were dealt with severely. The introduction of CSCS SmartCard early next year will make fraud more difficult and checking easier, said Jenkins.

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