Couple conned CPS out of £1m in 'colossal' expenses fraud


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A civil servant and her taxi driver lover who conned the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) out of £1m in a “colossal” expenses fraud have both been jailed for six years.

CPS area manager Lisa Burrows and cabbie Tahir Mahmood “operated as a team” to rake in £4,000 a week over five years by lodging claims for non-existent taxi journeys.

The pair used the proceeds of the fraud to fund luxury holidays to Dubai and New York, as well as splashing out on designer handbags, clothing and jewellery, Birmingham Crown Court heard.

Both defendants were dismissed from their posts on the day they first appeared in court.