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Man appears in court over 88 fraudulent EWS1 forms

  • 05/08/2022
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Man appears in court over 88 fraudulent EWS1 forms
A man has appeared in court over allegations that he fraudulently signed off EWS1 forms declaring buildings as safe from the risk of fire.

Thomas Michael Clarke has been charged with fraud by false representation and appeared at Liverpool Magistrates Court on 3 August. 

He appeared in court to plead not guilty to the charges as well as confirm his name, age and address. Clarke was given unconditional bail and will appear at Liverpool Crown Court on 31 August, where the case has been referred. 

He is alleged to have signed off 88 EWS1 forms under the name Sophie Magee without her consent. He allegedly had the intention of making £17,600. 

Clarke was charged after a 19-month investigation and in November 2020, residents of high-rise apartment buildings reported a total of 88 forms had been signed off by an unauthorised person. 

The reports cover the period between 23 June and 12 November 2020 and were referred to Merseyside Police by the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau (NFIB), and affected residents in locations including South Wales and London. 

The correct checks have since been completed by authorised persons. 

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