On 9 August 2017, Southwark Crown Court found Ms Leopoldine Van Daalen guilty on four charges under the Fraud Act 2006, following an attempt to fraudulently advance through the process to register as an architect.
The circumstances of the case are that on 28 July 2015, whilst applying to sit ARB’s prescribed examination, Ms Van Daalen submitted a falsified degree certificate amongst other falsified documents. ARB considered her apparent actions a criminal offence under section 2 (1) of the Fraud Act 2006, and duly sought to prosecute.
Ms Van Daalen will be sentenced on the 12 September 2017. The Judge, Mr Recorder Weatherill QC, requested that given the serious nature of the charges and the fact that all options – including custody – remain open, a Pre-sentence Report be ordered. Mr Recorder Weatherill QC commented that “it was right and proper that regulators and regulatory bodies take this type of action where there was a case of an individual trying to take advantage of fraudulently seeking to assert a professional standing when they were not entitled to do so.”
Karen Holmes, Registrar and Chief Executive of ARB, said:
“ARB welcomes the verdict. Members of the public should be confident that when they engage with someone who is on the Register, that they are qualified and competent to use the title ‘architect’. We see an attempt to enter the Register fraudulently as a calculated attempt to exploit the confidence that the public have in the title ‘architect’ and will take legal action where necessary.”