CPS: One staff member charged over taxi fraud

Malcolm McHaffie, deputy head of special crime for the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), has released the following statement regarding two members of staff accused of submitting false taxi claims:

Following a complaint by the Crown Prosecution Service and a subsequent investigation by West Midlands Police into two members of CPS staff, I have carefully considered available evidence in relation to Lisa Joanne Burrows, a finance manager, and another member of staff, an administrative officer. Both are employed by CPS West Midlands.

I have now concluded that it is appropriate to charge both Burrows and the other individual with conspiracy to commit fraud.

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 ...

I have tonight authorised West Midlands Police to charge these two individuals, and Lisa Burrows has now been charged. The other individual has not yet been charged.

Lisa Burrows will appear at Birmingham Magistrates Court on February 28."