CPS West Midlands staff in court for £1m taxi fraud

Two Crown Prosecution Service staff have appeared in court charged with an alleged £1m taxi claim fraud.

Lisa Joanne Burrows, 41, from Oldbury, West Midlands, and Tahir Mahmood, 50, of Eastbourne Road, Hodge Hill, Birmingham were charged with conspiracy to commit fraud.

The West Midlands CPS colleagues appeared separately before Birmingham Magistrates' Court on Thursday.

The allegations concern false claims for witness care taxi services.

Both defendants were granted conditional bail, but will be held in custody pending an appeal against the decision by the CPS.

They were ordered to appear at Birmingham Crown Court on 14 March.

Malcolm McHaffie, deputy head of special crime for the CPS, said Ms Burrows had worked as a finance manager, while Mr Mahmood, also known as Joseph Thomas A'Neil, had been an administrative officer.

He said: "The charges relate to an allegation that [Ms] Burrows and [Mr] Mahmood 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."

The pair are alleged to have committed the fraud against the CPS between February 2008 and October 2012.

West Midlands CPS covers the counties of Warwickshire, Shropshire, Staffordshire, Herefordshire and Worcestershire, as well as the metropolitan area of the West Midlands, including Birmingham, Wolverhampton and Coventry.

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