On Thursday 24 March 2016 in London, Westminster Magistrates found Ms Gurjeet Khela guilty of intentionally attempting to register as an architect with the Architects Registration Board by fraudulently creating and falsifying documents.
Ms Khela of Banbury, Oxfordshire, submitted documents for the ARB Prescribed Examination in order to gain equivalence to the Part 1 qualification. Included was evidence that she had had completed three years of a four year part time course of study in a BA (Hons) Architecture course at Birmingham City University.
It became apparent to ARB that the documents she had submitted were false and that it was a deliberate attempt to become registered as an architect in the UK by fraudulent means. This is a criminal offence under section 2 (1) of the Fraud Act 2006, and one which ARB duly prosecuted at Westminster Magistrates’ Court. After pleading guilty Ms Khela was sentenced to six months imprisonment, suspended for 24 months, with 120 hours of unpaid work. She was ordered to pay £80 victim surcharge and ARB was awarded costs.
The Court expressed it was a serious case of fraud. It was sophisticated and was committed in order to gain qualifications, through which Ms Khela could potentially earn large sums of money.