Two solicitors from a Yorkshire firm have been charged with conspiracy to defraud.
West Yorkshire Police confirmed Neil Frew and Mohammed Ayub, from Chambers Solicitors in Bradford, were charged ‘in relation to past financial matters at the firm’.
Frew, 47, and Ayub, 53, have been released on bail to attend court at a future date. A third man, aged 47, has also been summoned to appear at court in relation to the charge.
The charges relate to financial matters at the firm between October 2010 and March 2013.
A spokesperson from the Crown Prosecution Service confirmed the charges relate to payments from the Legal Aid Agency for the provision of interpretation services.
Chambers Solicitors, which was established in 2003, specialises in criminal, family, personal injury and immigration law.
In a statement, the firm said all the charges will be ‘vigorously contested’.
It added: ‘We have co-operated throughout with the LAA in this matter and demonstrated that this firm have done nothing wrong.
‘Despite the LAA having conducted a full investigation and its extensive statutory powers to reclaim incorrect claims, it has not found any sufficient grounds to take action against this firm nor raise the matters in this charge.’
The three charged individuals will appear at Leeds Magistrates’ Court (pictured) on 17 July.