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On 12 September 2017, at Southwark Crown Court Ms Leopoldine Van Daalen, of Islington, London, was sentenced by the Judge, Mr Recorder Weatherill QC.

Ms Van Daalen was sentenced to 15 months imprisonment, suspended for 15 months, in respect of all four charges. She was also sentenced to 130 hours community service.  The sentences will run concurrently.

This follows Ms Van Daalen’s conviction on 9 August 2017.  She was found guilty on four charges under the Fraud Act 2006, following an attempt to fraudulently advance through the process to register as an architect.

At the sentencing hearing the Judge, Mr Recorder Weatherill QC said, “These sort of cases are not brought lightly.  They are brought because there is a public interest in maintaining high standards of professional qualification and protecting the public from those who pretend to be qualified.  It is a serious matter to set out to deceive ARB and UCAS that you are on the way to qualifying when you are not.  If ARB had not been vigilant you would have got further along the way.  If you had, the sentence would have been more serious and less merciful than it has been.  I have been influenced not to make an immediate sentence of custody because it seems you have been embroiled in a passion to become an Architect that has led you to be delusional about your prospects of becoming one or of the quality of the examinations you had passed.

In no way, shape or form were you entitled to sit the course at UEL or to apply for the Part 2 qualifications because you did not hold the requisite qualifications necessary.  Nobody can know what prompted your criminal conduct.  I am satisfied it was nipped in the bud so as little damage was actually done to the public views as to Architects’ qualifications was done as was possible.  Do not re-offend or you will be brought back to this Court and re-sentenced.”

Karen Holmes, the Registrar and Chief Executive of the ARB said, ‘We were very pleased with the outcome in terms of the guilty verdicts and the sentence because it does demonstrate the seriousness of the offence. It is in the public interest that we carefully verify applications for registration in order to  maintain an accurate Register and this incidence demonstrates the importance of our robust processes.’

For further information on this matter please email sandrai@arb.org.uk or call us on +44 (0) 20 7580 5861.   

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To read about Ms Leopoldine Van Daalen’s conviction on 9 August 2017 please click here

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