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Phoney architect ordered to cough up £4k

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Des Johnson has been forced to pay £4,148 after falsely describing himself as an architect

On 9 April, Thames Magistrates’ Court found Johnson guilty of misusing the title ‘architect’ and breaching section 20 of the Architects Act 1997

He was fined £800 and ordered to pay a further £3,348 in costs.

The court heard that Johnson was not registered with the Architects Registration Board and, despite numerous warnings from ARB that he was acting unlawfully, had continued to use the title ‘architect’ and the RIBA acronym on business documents.

A spokesperson for ARB’s professional standards Department said: ‘Johnson failed to co-operate with ARB and continued to use the title “architect” despite several warnings that he had no right to do so.

‘This is a successful outcome which demonstrates the serious consequences for anyone that persists in misleading the public in such a way.’

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