Plumber fined for compliance certificate fraud

Thursday October 5 2017

A manager at an air-conditioning company has been fined $3500 after he was found guilty on a string of allegations in South Morang, Springvale and Chirnside Park.

The man, a licensed plumbing practitioner, falsely signed compliance certificates stating he carried out or supervised the work to install ducted heating and evaporative air-conditioning systems. The installations were carried out in December 2014 and January 2015, and completed by other employees without supervision, who did not hold the correct licensing or registration.

Subsequently, some of the work carried out did not comply with plumbing laws.

Victorian Building Authority's Director Compliance, Enforcement and Legal Services Kate Despot said it was unacceptable for a plumber to sign a compliance certificate for work they did not carry out, or supervise.

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