Three judges charged over plan to ‘scam £12,600,000 from legal aid system’

Three judges charged over plan to ‘scam £12,600,000 from legal aid system’

Three judges have been charged over a plan to scam millions of pounds from the legal aid system. Kareena Maciel, Rasib Ghaffar and Razi Shah have been charged in relation to fraudulent legal aid claims made for more than £12.6 million. The three judges are among nine other people who have all been charged following a two year review by CPS lawyers.

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Razi Shah has been charged in relation to the alleged claims.

The Metropolitan Police began an investigation in early December 2012 after a number of alleged fraudulent applications for legal costs were made. Scotland Yard said: “A total of nine people have been charged as part of a Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) investigation into a number of alleged fraudulent applications for the reimbursement of private legal costs from public funds. The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has authorised charges in respect of four of the claims made between January 2011 and September 2013”.

“In these cases, claims in excess of £12.6 million were made. A total of £1.4 million of public funds was paid out and it is alleged the majority of this money was fraudulently obtained”. Part-time immigration judges Maciel, 46, of South Woodford, London and Ghaffar, 48, also of South Woodford, have been charged with one count of conspiracy to commit fraud by false representaion. Shah, 47, a part-time civil judge of Windsor, Berkshire, has also been charged with conspiracy to commit fraud by false representation.

 

 

 

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Rasib Ghaffar is among nine others who have been charged (Picture: UK Law)

Part-time immigration judges Maciel, 46, of South Woodford, London and Ghaffar, 48, also of South Woodford, have been charged with one count of conspiracy to commit fraud by false representaion. Shah, 47, a part-time civil judge of Windsor, Berkshire, has also been charged with conspiracy to commit fraud by false representation.

Azhar Khan, 46, a solicitor, of Pinner, Middlesex has been charged with one count of fraud by false representation and one count of conspiracy to commit an offence of fraud by false representation.

 

 

 

 

 

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Kareena Maciel has been charged with one count of conspiracy to commit fraud by false representaion (Picture: UK Law)

Lloyd Moody, a solicitor, 48, of Surbiton, Surrey has been charged with two counts of fraud by false representation. Samira Bashir, a solicitor, 46 of Slough, Berkshire has been charged with one count of fraud by false representation. All nine are due to appear at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on July 17.

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