A Ukrainian quantity surveyor student, who travelled all over the country passing vital health and safety tests for unqualified immigrant construction workers, has been jailed for ten months.
Andriy Velhosh, 32, exploited lacklustre checks at the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) centres to pass the Construction Skill Certification Scheme (CSCS) forty-eight times in ten months.
Without a valid CSCS card nobody can be legally employed on any construction site in the country.
"I found it dead easy and I was surprised the staff were doing the check-in procedures themselves," he told Croydon Crown Court. "They did not even look at me to see if it was my passport picture. They barely looked at the id's."
Velhosh, (pictured) of Peabody Trust, Horseferry Road, Victoria pleaded guilty to 48 counts of fraud by false representation between January 22 and November 24, last year and one count of possessing an identity document, namely a Romanian passport, with intent.
Recorder Niall Quinn QC told the first-time offender: "This health and safety test is designed to improve the safety of one of Britain's most dangerous industries. Many people die on building sites.
"You turned out forty-eight people of unknown skills and abilities with certificates saying they had completed the training required by the scheme.
"I am sure you were doing this for profit and I dismiss your assertion that you were doing this as a good samaritan or good chap.
"You were doing this as a business and you were making money out of it, travelling all over the south of England, once taking three tests in a single day.
"Quite apart from putting people at risk on building sites they were also imperilling their colleagues and members of the public passing the site."
Velhosh successfully passed tests under a bogus identity in Luton; Canterbury; Southampton; Aldershot; Milton Keynes; Basildon; Cambridge; Wokingham; Stevenage; Bury St. Edmonds; Norwich; Harlow; Portsmouth; Southend; Ilford; Palmers Green; Gillingham; Chelmsford; Colchester; Ipswich; Uxbridge; Slough; Coventry; Dudley; Staines and Croydon.
He claimed to initially sit a test for a friend in the construction industry simply as a favour, but news of his service spread by word of mouth.
"It snowballed, one after the other. It was like a game to me, an adrenaline rush.
"I was not stealing anything. I am helping them to get a job to help themselves and their families.
"Call me a scapegoat."
All of the CSCS cards issued as a result of Velhosh passing the tests have been cancelled and proceeds of crime act proceedings against the defendant will follow.