Yanchep man faces reality of false claims

A Yanchep man who made false claims in order to obtain employment as a level 2 building surveyor has been ordered to pay fines and costs totalling $5,891.90 for offences under the Building Services (Registration) Act 2011.

In proceedings finalised in the Midland Magistrates Court on 8 December 2014, Grayson Robert Hindmarsh pleaded guilty to two charges. The first charge was in relation to holding out or implying that he was entitled to carry out level 2 building surveying work between 29 May 2012 and 17 March 2013. The second charge was for carrying out the work, which included certifying that the building designs complied with applicable standards, between 9 July 2012 and 17 March 2013.

In June 2013, Building Commissioner Peter Gow issued a warning to Western Australian permit authorities, alerting them that Hindmarsh had been prosecuted by the WA Police for providing false references to the Building Commission in an attempt to obtain registration and may have made false claims in respect to being registered to obtain employment.

Hindmarsh was convicted of two charges of Forge and Utter in the Perth Magistrates Court on 31 January 2013 in relation to the forged references and fined $4,000.

“Building surveyors play a crucial role in the regulation of the building industry in this state – their work bears a high level of responsibility and helps to ensure the buildings we live in, work in and visit are safe,” Mr Gow said.

“Mr Hindmarsh’s complete disregard for the building laws and fraudulent actions are serious offences that had the potential to jeopardise the safety and wellbeing of others.

"The Building Commission will continue to hold to account and name those who put consumer interests and safety and the reputation of the building industry at risk.”

Information on the building laws is available on the Building Commission website at www.commerce.wa.gov.au/building-commission or by calling 1300 489 099 or emailing be.info@dmirs.wa.gov.au.

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