CPS staff charged with fraud

A Crown Prosecution Service finance manager and another member of staff are to be charged with conspiracy to commit fraud over false taxi claims totalling at least £1 million.

CPS staff appear in court charged with conspiracy to commit fraud, report

Two members of staff from the Crown Prosecution Service have appeared in court charged with conspiracy to commit fraud.

It's alleged Lisa Burrows and Tahir Mahmood conspired to claim taxi expenses to the value of at least £1 million.

The prosecutor said the charges follow a compaint by the CPS and an investigation by West Midlands Police into the two members of CPS staff.

Charlotte Grant reports.

Crown Prosecution Service pair charged with fraud

Crown Prosecution Service finance manager – Lisa Burrow, and former taxi driver – Tahir Mahmood, are to be charged with conspiracy to commit fraud over false taxi claims totalling at least £1million.

41-year-old Lisa Burrows from Oldbury spoke only to confirm her name, date of birth and address. Burrows and Mahmood, 50, were not required to enter a plea. They'll next appear at Birmingham Crown Court for a bail hearing tomorrow morning.

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Update - both members of West Midlands CPS staff now charged with conspiracy to commit fraud @itvcentral

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Prosecution says false taxi invoices were put in over nearly five years, from Feb 2008 to Oct 2012 #CPS

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50yo Tahir Mahmood has appeared in court charged with conspiring to make at least £1m worth of false taxi claims @itvcentral

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CPS Statement: Workers face fraud charges

The charges relate to an allegation that Burrows and the other member of staff, on or before 27 February 2013, conspired together to commit fraud by false representation by submitting to the Crown Prosecution Service false claims for witness care taxi services to the value of at least £1,000,000 when no such services had been supplied.

– Malcolm McHaffie, Deputy Head of Special Crime for the CPS

The CPS say Lisa Burrows has been charged by West Midlands Police. The other individual has not yet been charged.

Lisa Burrows will appear at Birmingham Magistrates Court tomorrow.