A 66-year old New Zealand man has confessed to using a stolen identity and falsified credentials to pursue a lengthy and prolific engineering career in both Australia and his country of origin, raising grave concerns about the safety of the many projects in which he participated.

Gerald Shirtcliff, currently a resident of Victoria Point, appeared before the Queensland Magistrates Court on June 12 to plead guilty to 146 charges related to the performance of engineering work using counterfeit qualifications. These charges included making “false and misleading” statements to the Board of Professional Engineers of Queensland (BPEQ), as well as…