A heating engineer who carried out work knowing he did not have the proper accreditation has been warned he could receive a prison sentence.
Peter Wilson, 35, pleaded guilty to four charges of fraud when he appeared at Carlisle Crown Court today.
Three of the offences were committed as Wilson made false representations to three different people that he held valid Microgeneration Certification Scheme accreditation to carry out work on the installation of alternative heat source systems.
These occurred between December, 2014, and August, 2018, in the Appleby, Kirkby Stephen and Anthorn areas.
A fourth charge admitted by Wilson, of Greystoke Road, Penrith, relates to one of those three victims, and states he made a false representation that he had installed a heat pump costing £5,000 — whereas in fact he had installed a pump “worth only a few hundred pounds”.
No details about the offences were outlined during the short hearing.
The judge, Recorder Mark Rhind QC, adjourned the case for several weeks for the probation service to prepare a pre-sentence report.
Wilson’s lawyer, Paul Tweddle, said that period of time would also allow the amount of loss sustained to be clarified.
Wilson was granted bail but told by Recorder Rhind that all sentencing options, including custody, would be considered for what he called “serious offences”.
He added: “That will be a matter for the sentencing judge when he or she has heard all the information.”
Wilson is due to receive his punishment at the crown court on June 16.