More from: Bogus architect slapped with £1,000 fine
Mushtaq Deshmukh, from Staines, was hauled before Staines Magistrates Court for trading under the banner 'The Architects Co' - even though he had not been registered with the Architects Registration Board (ARB) for almost 10 years.
Mushtaq, who pleaded guilty to the charges, was fined a total of £1,000 on two separate breaches of Section 20 of the Architects Act. He was also hit for a massive £3,074.55 in prosecution costs.
Commenting on the outcome, a spokesman for ARB's Regulation Department said: 'The result in this case is an accurate reflection both of the seriousness of the offence and the harm that improper use of the title causes to the public and the profession.
'It sends a strong message to those who unlawfully use the title 'architect' that they run the risk of finding themselves in a similar position to Deshmukh.'