Taxi fraud pair sentenced

A Birmingham couple are expected to be sentenced today after admitting they made more than £1million worth of bogus claims for taxi fares.

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More than £600,000 of taxi fraud funds untraced

Detailed investigations into the fraud committed by former CPS area manager, Lisa Burrows, and her partner, Tahir Mahmood, have failed to trace more than £660,000 of stolen public funds.

Lisa Burrows spent her money on luxury hotels and designer clothes Credit: West Midlands Police

The Birmingham couple were sentenced to six years in jail after defrauding the CPS of just over £1million between 2008-2013.

Burrows exploited company's taxi fund provisions

The prosecutor in the case of a Birmingham pair who made more than £1million in bogus claims for cab fares said Lisa Burrows exploited her workplace's policy of providing funds for taxi travel.

Burrows was employed as the area finance manager for the Crown Prosecution Service in the West Midlands.

The 42 year old and Tahir Mahmood were sentenced to six years in prison.

Burrows identified that the CPS spent considerable sums on the provision of taxis.

She then decided, along with Mr Mahmood, to exploit that by making false claims for non-existent journeys.

Mahmood played a full and significant role in the conspiracy in the initial planning of the fraud and by ensuring that they could get their hands on the money in cash form by setting up bank accounts in false names.

He withdrew nearly £1 million in cash over five years, most of which is still unaccounted for.

– Prosecutor Brian Dean

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Taxi fraud couple spent thousands on luxury hotels

A Birmingham couple jailed for six years after making more than £1million worth of bogus claims for taxi fares spent their money on designer clothes and luxury hotels.

Inquiries established 42 year old, Lisa Burrows, a regional CPS finance manager, spent nearly £250,000 on her credit card during the fraud.

Burrows and her partner, Tahir Mahmood, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to defraud shortly after their arrest in February this year.

How the money was spent

  • The Roosevelt (£2,354) and Continental (£8,000) hotels in New York
  • £6,000 in designer clothing and jewellery shops
  • £10,000 staying at the Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Dubai
  • £13,000 on business class flights
  • Spent thousands in UK shops, including Harrods, Selfridges and Harvey Nichols

Taxi fraud couple pictures released

A former finance manager, Lisa Burrows, and her partner, Tahir Mahmood, have been jailed for six years each for conspiring to commit fraud.

Former CPS finance manager, Lisa Burrows Credit: West Midlands Police

The Birmingham couple admitted to making more than £1million in bogus claims for taxi fares.

Tahir Mahmood Credit: West Midlands Police

The couple used the "colossal" sum of money to fund a life of luxury, including numerous trips to Dubai and New York.

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Taxi fraud pair sentenced to six years

A finance manager and an office worker for the CPS have been jailed for six years each for conspiring to commit fraud after admitting making more than £1 million in bogus claims for taxi fares.

Lisa Burrows from Oldbury and her boyfriend, Tahir Mahmood, from Hodge Hill used the "colossal" sum of money to fund a life of luxury, including numerous trips to Dubai and New York.

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Taxi fraud couple expected to be sentenced

A Birmingham couple are expected to be sentenced today after admitting they made more than £1million worth of bogus claims for taxi fares.

The couple are thought to have used the funds to holiday in Dubai Credit: Mark Bulstrode/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Lisa Burrows and Tahir Mahmood are believed to have used the proceeds of the five-year scam to pay off a mortgage and fund trips to Dubai.

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