The Civil Guard dismantles a criminal network dedicated to the falsification of diplomas of training courses

6 people have been arrested and 18 others have been investigated for the alleged crime of documentary falsification. In addition, one of the detainees is also charged with the crimes of fraud, usurpation of civil status and corruption between individuals

The investigated academy, based in Jaén, manufactured the diplomas in their own way and at home, issuing them to the workers without them attending the hours required to acquire the necessary professional training in person.

It has been verified that they have been able to issue some 2,300 fraudulent professional certification diplomas of all kinds (occupational hazards in construction, health, mining, driving dangerous goods and large vehicles, etc.) to some 1,300 workers from more than 50 companies national, as well as the scam amount could reach 300,000 euros

The Civil Guard, within the framework of the “Encofrador” operation, has dismantled a criminal network dedicated to the falsification of diplomas from training courses.

6 people have been arrested and 18 others have been investigated for the alleged crime of documentary falsification. In addition, one of the detainees is also charged with the crimes of fraud, usurpation of civil status and corruption between individuals.

3 registrations have been made at a training academy in the province of Jaén, where 244 allegedly falsified diplomas from the construction branch have been intervened, another 1,500 virgin diplomas with the academy's watermark ready to be printed, as well as 1,630 diplomas or certificates of training courses already written without supposedly the company manager could prove that the courses had been taught in person and in accordance with specific regulations.
In addition, seals, computer material, and various documentation have been located and are being analyzed.
The operation began after the Civil Guard learned that they had tried to approve diplomas / certificates in the Construction Labor Foundation that accredited the completion of a formwork course, supposedly taught by a Puente Genil training academy.
The first investigations made it possible to verify that in the aforementioned academy no formwork course had been taken, nor had the people who appeared on the diplomas as students. Likewise, it was found that these diplomas had been made by a training academy based in the province of Jaén, who had sent them to the construction company that had requested their approval from the Construction Labor Foundation.
After more than two years of investigation, the Civil Guard has been able to verify the existence of a training academy, located in the province of Jaén, supposedly dedicated to falsifying diplomas / certificates to accredit the completion of training courses.
Likewise, the development of the investigation has confirmed that the investigated academy has been able to issue some 2,300 fraudulent professional certification diplomas of all kinds (occupational risks in construction, health, mining, driving dangerous goods and large vehicles, etc. ) to some 1,300 workers from more than 50 national companies, as well as the scam amount could reach 300,000 euros.

They offered degrees upon payment and without having to attend training courses

The manager of the investigated training academy, with the help of one of his workers, allegedly offered and advertised to companies in different sectors and under payment of between 40 and 240 euros per title and worker, fraudulent certificates on behalf of their employees, without these attend in person any type of training. In this way they could obtain the occupational risk training certification required to be able to carry out mostly construction jobs.
The courses, which had to be face-to-face, were never carried out, since the investigated academy manufactured the diplomas in their own way and at home, issuing them to the workers without them attending the required hours in person to acquire the necessary professional training.
Interested companies also benefited from the fraudulent activity of the training academy, as they profited from the bonuses they received from social bonds by investing in training courses for their workers. The FUNDAE (State Foundation for Training in Employment), a public state body in charge of managing economic funds to help companies train their workers, also detected irregularities in the diplomas.
On the other hand, the investigated academy also issued falsified diplomas to individuals, who presented them in competitive exams to obtain more points in the scale. 10 applicants have been found who were seeking irregular access to a hospital job exchange presenting certificates for falsified baremables training courses.
Likewise, the agents have investigated a dozen drivers of trucks, buses and large vehicles who, being required to be in possession of the CAP (Certificate of Professional Attitude) to be able to drive said vehicles, lacked it. In this way, the researchers discovered that these drivers were exercising as such without having any authorization to do so.
The detainees, together with the investigated and the investigative measures have been placed at the disposal of the competent judicial authority.
During the investigation, the Civil Guard has had the collaboration of the Construction Labor Foundation (Seville), FUNDAE (Madrid), the Public Company of a Hospital in the province of Jaén, as well as various training companies on occupational risks and the health branch of the provinces of Jaén, Granada and Seville.

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