CITB statement on the issue of card fraud in the construction industry.

Carl Rhymer, Delivery and Customer Engagement Director, said:

“Card fraud is a serious issue for our industry and we’re tackling it head on.

“CITB’s policy is to prosecute fraudulent behaviour and we work closely with the Police and the Crown Prosecution Service to gather evidence and bring criminals to account. In the last two years, we have successfully prosecuted six individuals, which have led to heavy fines, two custodial sentences and a deportation.  

"We have also provided information to the Home Office Immigration enforcement teams, which has resulted in 35 arrests for immigration offences and in 2015, we revoked 316 CSCS cards as a result of our work with the Home Office.

“This year, we have two separate prosecutions awaiting trial at Crown Court and a third person is out on bail awaiting a decision on trial from the CPS.

“As well as our work on prosecutions, we’re committed to preventing fraud and we’re increasing our investment and accelerating existing plans to install mandatory CCTV in all testing centres. We’re also increased the number of spot checks on centres, to act as a deterrent.

“We are currently working with the BBC to pursue criminal proceedings against individuals who were filmed by Newsnight.”