Former builder reprimanded following fraud conviction – Liam Glenn Howard of Howzat Constructions

first_imgFormer builder reprimanded following fraud conviction – Liam Glenn Howard of Howzat Constructions Mr Howard was jailed for fraud regarding invoices to the North Metropolitan Health ServiceHis conviction led to recent action under WA building registration lawsState Administrative Tribunal issued a reprimand and an order to pay costsA former builder has faced disciplinary action under WA’s building registration laws after being convicted of fraud over misuse of North Metropolitan Health Service (NMHS) funds.Liam Glenn Howard (BP100687/BC100905, expired), of Howzat Constructions Pty Ltd, was sentenced to nine months’ imprisonment in June 2020 after pleading guilty to 18 charges of gaining benefit by fraud.The fraud offences related to inflated invoices submitted by Mr Howard to the NMHS in 2015. Evidence presented at the District Court revealed that the surplus money funded building work carried out by Howzat Constructions at private homes linked to a senior NMHS staff member.Building and Energy subsequently commenced disciplinary action against Mr Howard as he was a registered building contractor and building practitioner at the time of his conviction. Under building registration laws, a disciplinary matter exists when a registered building service provider has been convicted of a serious offence.The matter proceeded to mediation in the State Administrative Tribunal by which time Mr Howard’s builder registrations had expired. The Tribunal issued a reprimand to Mr Howard and ordered that he pay costs of $950.Building and Energy A/Executive Director Sandy Randall said being a fit and proper person was a key aspect of the building registration process.“Registration comes with responsibility,” she said.“High standards must be upheld for your work and your conduct or you could face disciplinary action and possible loss or non-renewal of your registration.” /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:building, court, director, energy, fraud, Government, health, Howard, Industry regulation, Loss, money, WA, Western Australialast_img read more