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ARB hits bogus architect with £1,000 fine

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A bogus 'architect' from Surrey has been forced to cough up more than £4,000 after being found guilty of misuse of title.

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.

The ARB investigated the phoney, self-proclaimed 'architect' following a complaint from a member of the public.

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.'

by Richard Waite

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