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Workers at Bradford Chambers solicitors had never heard of 'sham' company at centre of alleged 600,000 fraud, Sheffield jury told

Workers at Bradford Chambers solicitors had never heard of 'sham' company at centre of alleged 600,000 fraud, Sheffield jury told
Workers at Bradford Chambers solicitors had never heard of 'sham' company at centre of alleged 600,000 fraud, Sheffield jury told

Workers at Bradford Chambers solicitors had never heard of 'sham' company at centre of alleged 600,000 fraud, Sheffield jury told

INTERPRETERS handling immigration cases were not paid by a Bradford law firm involved in an alleged £600,000 fraud, a court heard.
Abigail Solomon, a former immigration case worker with Chambers solicitors said she became aware of problems over payment of interpreters when she worked there in the latter half of 2011.
She told a jury yesterday she spoke in person to principal solicitor Mohammed Ayub about an interpreter Maria.
“She was very upset she had not been paid fees for jobs,” said Miss Solomon.


She added: “His manner was blunt. He said she’s not getting paid.”
The prosecution at Sheffield Crown Court claims Ayub, 55, and his brother Riaz, 48, formed a fictitious agency to claim almost £600,000 in interpreters' legal fees.
It is alleged that the brothers and Chambers employee Neil Frew, 48, created a sham company Legal Support Services to dishonestly claim money from the Legal Aid Agency.
Tesfay Behane, an Eritrean who became a British citizen in 2013 said in a witness statement that he did “two or three” jobs as an interpreter for Chambers at its Wakefield office.
He should have been paid £20 an hour plus travel expenses but his invoice was never paid.
“I have never received any cheque from Chambers for the jobs I have done. In total I was owed approximately £100.”



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