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3 local lawyers charged in £1 million public funds fraud

Met Police's investigation took 5 years

Report: Met Police and Paul Janik

3 local lawyers have been charged with alleged fraudulent applications for the reimbursement of private legal costs from public funds.

They and 6 London area lawyers are to appear at Westminster Magistrates' Court on 17 July.

Police were called in after officials from Her Majesty's Courts and Tribunals Service - HMCTS became suspicious about several alleged fraudulent applications for legal costs.

In December 2012, the Metropolitan Police's Complex Fraud Team began their forensic investigation.

5.1/2 years later, the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has authorised charges relating to reimbursement claims made by lawyers 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.

The charged lawyers


  1. Gazi Khan of Isleworth, Middlesex
             a legal clerk
              aged 49 (date-of-birth 07.07.1968)
  2. three counts of fraud by false representation and one count of conspiracy to commit an offence of fraud by false representation

  3. Shahid Rashid of Cherry Avenue, Langley, Slough
             a barrister
             aged 57 (date-of-birth 21.08.1960)
  4. three counts of fraud by false representation and one count of conspiracy to commit an offence of fraud by false representation:

  5. Kareena Maciel of South Woodford, London
             a solicitor and part-time immigration judge
             aged 46 (date-of-birth 20.01.1972)
  6. one count of conspiracy to commit an offence of fraud by false representation.

  7. Rasib Ghaffar of South Woodford, London
             a barrister and part-time immigration judge
             aged 48 (date-of-birth 09.10.1969)
  8. one count of conspiracy to commit an offence of fraud by false representation

  9. Razi Shah of Winkfield Road (B 3022), Windsor
             a solicitor and part-time civil judge
             aged 47 (date-of-birth 07.07.1970)
  10. one count of conspiracy to commit an offence of fraud by false representation.

  11. Joseph Ameyaw-Kyeremeh of Croydon, Surrey
             a solicitor
             aged 67 (date-of-birth 24.12.1950)
  12. one count of conspiracy to commit an offence of fraud by false representation.

  13. Azhar Khan of Pinner, Middlesex
             a solicitor
             aged 46 (date-of-birth 06.12.1971)
  14. one count of fraud by false representation and one count of conspiracy to commit an offence of fraud by false representation.

  15. Lloyd Moody of Surbiton, Surrey
             a solicitor
             aged 48 (date-of-birth 14.01.1970)
  16. two counts of fraud by false representation.

  17. Samira Bashir of Henry Road, Chalvey, Slough
             a solicitor
             aged 46 (date-of-birth 02.08.1971)
  18. one count of fraud by false representation.

Charge 1

Offence:

Fraud by false representation
Fraud Act 2006 (01/06/2011 - 21/12/2011)

Particulars:

Gazi Khan, Lloyd Moody and Shahid Rashid from 1st of June 2011 to 21st December 2011, dishonestly and thereby intending to make a gain for themselves or others or to cause loss to another, or to expose another to risk of loss, made a representation to Her Majesty's Courts and Tribunals Service which was and which they knew was or might be untrue or misleading, namely that the legal costs in the case of Regina v Pritesh Naik were £773,640 contrary to sections 1 and 2 of the Fraud Act 2006.

Charge 2

Offence:

Fraud by false representation
Fraud Act 2006 (08/05/2012 - 19/09/2013)

Particulars:

Gazi Khan, Lloyd Moody, Shahid Rashid and Samira Bashir from 8th May 2012 to 19th September 2013, dishonestly and intending to make a gain for themselves or others, made a representation to Her Majesty's Courts and Tribunals Service which was and which they knew was or might be untrue or misleading, namely that the legal costs in the case of Regina v Richard Lowry were £1,339,494.76, contrary to sections 1 and 2 of the Fraud Act 2006.

Charge 3

Offence:

Fraud by false representation
Fraud Act 2006 (31/05/2012)

Particulars:

Gazi Khan, Shahid Rashid and Azar Khan on or about 31st May 2012, dishonestly and intending to make a gain for themselves or others or to cause loss to another, or to expose another to risk of loss, made a representation to Her Majesty's Courts and Tribunals Service which was and which they knew was or might be untrue or misleading, namely that the legal costs in the case of Regina v Amy Trinh were £8,683,277.00, contrary to sections 1 and 2 of the Fraud Act 2006.

Charge 4

Offence:

Conspire to commit fraud by false representation
Fraud Act 2006 (01/01/2011 - 07/05/2013)

Particulars:

Gazi Khan, Shahid Rashid, Razi Shah, Azar Khan, Kareena Maciel, Joseph Kyeremeh and Rasib Ghaffar from 1st January 2011 to 7th May 2013 conspired together to commit fraud by false representation in relation to claims for legal costs submitted to Her Majesty's Courts and Tribunals Service relating to the case of Regina v Taj Mahal 2 (Poole) Ltd, Miah Partnership, Farrukh Miah and Chunu Miah contrary to section 1(1) of the Criminal Law Act 1977.

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