Criminals forced to cough up £6 million
May 21, 2012
More than £6 million has been confiscated from criminals in the Thames Valley over a 12-month period.
Thames Valley Police announced this week it has made 198 successful confiscations through the courts during the last financial year.
Detective Inspector Gavin Tyrrell, from Thames Valley Police’s Economic Crime Unit, said: “If someone is convicted of a crime and they have benefited from it, we will assess their assets and ask the court to make a confiscation order to that value.
“This huge confiscation figure is not just made up of high value fraudsters, but local criminals who harm local communities.
“The even more positive message out of this is that as soon as the confiscation is paid, the victims are the first to be compensated.
“Last year alone victims were compensated to the value of £4,540,693.
“It is wrong for criminals to benefit from their crimes and we will use this powerful legislation to ensure that crime will not pay in the Thames Valley.”
If you know anyone living from the proceeds of crime, call Thames Valley Police on 101.