Our regulation team brought the first private prosecution under the Fraud Act 2006 to be instigated by the Architects Registration Board (ARB).
The case concerned an individual intentionally attempting to register as an architect by fraudulently creating and falsifying documents. Gurjeet Khela of Banbury, Oxfordshire admitted to submitting documents for the ARB prescribed examination that were false in a deliberate attempt to become registered as an architect in the UK by fraudulent means.
The matter was prosecuted as a criminal offence under section 2 (1) of the Fraud Act 2006 and Ms Khela pleaded guilty on the 24 March 2016 at Westminster Magistrates Court. Ms Khela was sentenced to six months imprisonment, suspended for 24 months with 120 hours of unpaid work. She was ordered to pay a £80 victim surcharge and the ARB was awarded costs.
The Court expressed its concern at this being a serious case of fraud that was sophisticated and was committed in order to gain qualification to which Ms Khela could not only potentially earn large sums of money but also severely damage the public’s trust in the architect's profession.