Evidence supports claims the man who supervised the construction of the failed CTV building in Christchurch faked his identity, Australia's professional engineering body says.
Gerald Morton Shirtcliff, who has been working as an engineer in Australia, was exposed in a Fairfax media investigation in New Zealand last month as having assumed the identity of a former colleague, William Anthony Fisher, around 25 years ago.
Engineers Australia immediately launched an investigation and chief executive Stephen Durkin said it had provided evidence to suggest Mr Shirtcliff, under Mr Fisher's name, had misrepresented his engineering qualifications.
His membership had been cancelled and, 'due to the seriousness of the case', it had been referred to Australian Federal Police.
New Zealand police are already investigating.
Engineers Australia gave Mr Shirtcliff, 67, the opportunity to respond to the allegations but he had not done so.
When the investigation was published in The Press Mr Shirtcliff strenuously denied all of the allegations.
Mr Shirtcliff oversaw the construction of the CTV building in 1986 and told the royal commission into the building's collapse in the February 2011 earthquake that he had limited involvement with the project. The toll from the building collapse was 115.
He reportedly used Mr Fisher's Sheffield University degree to gain entry to a masters course at the University of New South Wales in 1971.