Father and sons jailed after illegal workers CSCS fraud

The men were found to have conspired to supply over CSCS cards to 180 illegal construction workers and other documents, so they could work on construction sites throughout the UK have been jailed for a total of 17-and-a-half years.

The Construction Industry Training Board helped secure convictions against Baljit Rai, 55, and his two sons, Mandeep Rai, 32, and Daljit Pai, 34, from Littleover, Derby.

Baljit and Mandeep Rai were also found guilty of the same offence between 2004 and 2008, involving different businesses.

Mandeep Rai, 32, of Sedgemoor Way, Littleover, also created false documents for the illegal workers, heard the court.

Derby Crown Court heard that Mandeep was “the driving force behind the employment of most workers” and also created fake documents.

He was jailed for seven and-a-half years, while Baljt and Daljit were both sentenced to five years.

CITB’s card fraud team supported the Home Office Immigration Enforcement and the Police in the investigation.

Ian Sidney, CITB Fraud Investigator, said: “CITB takes illegal activity extremely seriously and it is critical that we continue to stamp out the fraudsters.

“I hope this conviction sends a strong message to anyone else that may be taking part in illegal activities, and highlights the seriousness of fraud in construction.

“We simply do not tolerate any fraudulent behaviour that puts people’s lives at risk or brings the industry into disrepute.”