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Solicitor charged over fraudulent legal aid claims

 Published on: 5th July 2018   |   By: Jason Allen   |   Category: Uncategorized

A solicitor from Pinner is one of nine people to be charged over fraudulent legal aid claims totalling more than £12 million.

Azhar Khan, 46, a solicitor, was charged by postal requisition with one count of fraud by false representation and one count of conspiracy to commit an offence of fraud by false representation.

Mr Khan was charged after the Met’s Complex Fraud Team began an investigation in December 2012 after Her Majesty’s Courts and Tribunals Service (HMCTS) reported a number of alleged fraudulent applications for legal costs made to the National Taxation Team (NTT).

Crown prosecutors 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.

Along with Mr Khan, three judges, a legal clerk, a barrister and three other solicitors were also charged.

All nine were due to appear at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on July 17.

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