A woman has been convicted of fraud after submitting falsified documents to the Architects Registration Board in an attempt to become a registered architect
Leopoldine Van Daalen will be sentenced on 12 September, having been found guilty last week of offences under the Fraud Act 2006.
Southwark Crown Court heard that Van Daalen, 41, who lives in Islington, submitted a false degree certificate in July 2015, along with other fake documents.
According to Court News UK, Van Daalen claimed she had obtained her Part I from the University of East London in July 2012 and had provided the ARB with a copy of the certificate along with a reference claiming to be from architecture firm Allies and Morrison together with other documents bearing the practice’s name.
Judge Mr Recorder Weatherill said all options including custody remained open, and called for a pre-sentence report to be prepared.
Architects Registration Board chief executive Karen Holmes said: ‘ARB welcomes the verdict. Members of the public should be confident when they engage with someone who is on the register that they are qualified and competent to use the title architect.
‘We see an attempt to enter the register fraudulently as a calculated attempt to exploit the confidence that the public have in the title architect, and will take legal action where necessary.’