Judges in the dock over alleged £12.6million legal aid scam

Judges in the dock over alleged £12.6million legal aid scam

Immigration judge Kareena Maciel is among a group of lawyers charged over the alleged defrauding of the legal aid system

Three judges and six other lawyers arrested over an alleged plot to scam £12.6million from the legal aid system have appeared in court.

Part-time immigration judges Kareena Maciel and Rasib Ghaffar along with part-time civil judge Razi Shah are accused of making claims in excess of £12.6m.

The others charged are legal clerk Gazi Khan, barrister Shahid Rashid and solicitors Joseph Ameyaw-Kyeremeh, Azhar Khan, Lloyd Moody and Samira Bashir. 

During today’s court hearing, Gazi Khan stood up and claimed the case was a ‘racist witch hunt’.

Maciel, 46, and Ghaffar, 48, both of South Woodford, Shah, of Windsor, Berkshire, and Ameyaw-Kyeremeh, 67, of Croydon, all deny one count of conspiracy to commit an offence of fraud by false representation.

Gazi Khan, 49, of I

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