CPS West Midlands staff members face £1m fraud charges

Two Crown Prosecution Service staff members face charges of conspiracy to commit fraud over false taxi claims totalling at least £1m, the CPS said.

Lisa Joanne Burrows and the other member of staff, who has not been named, work for CPS West Midlands.

The allegations concern false claims for witness care taxi services when no such services had been supplied, the CPS said in a statement.

A spokesman said Ms Burrows, 41, had been charged by West Midlands Police.

She will appear at Birmingham Magistrates' Court on Thursday.

The other staff member has not yet been charged.

'False claims'

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

Malcolm McHaffie, deputy head of special crime for the CPS, said: "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.

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

"The charges relate to an allegation that [Ms] Burrows and the other member of staff, on or before 27 February, 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."

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