First Fraud Act Prosecution by ARB

Andrew Johnson acting for the Architects Registration Board (ARB) and instructed by Russell-Cooke Solicitors sucessfully brought a private prosecution under the Fraud Act 2006.

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 case has been reported on in Architects Journal and the Architects Registration Board issued a press release on the matter