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Cash seized from criminals to repay victims

Thousands of pounds were seized from criminals in Dorset last month to compensate their victims following further successes under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002.

On 10 January 2014, Dorset Police secured a Confiscation Order against a 52-year-old woman and her 53-year-old partner after they stole over £62,000 from her 56-year-old brother who suffers from learning difficulties. They also stole over £14,000 from the woman’s 87-year-old mother who lived in a nursing home and suffered from dementia.

The woman was ordered to repay £34,479 and her partner £34,449 within six months. If they fail to pay they face up to 18 months’ imprisonment and will still owe the debt. 

Sadly, the mother has since passed away, but the money from the orders will be used to compensate the brother and the mother’s estate.

On 27 January 2014, Dorset Police secured a Confiscation Order under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 against a 52-year-old former mental health support worker who stole from and defrauded two vulnerable elderly men he cared for.

The offender was ordered to repay the £4,649 he borrowed from one victim and £80 to the other victim which he obtained by falsely claiming he was raising money for charity. He was told he has six months to repay his victims or will face three months in custody after which time he will still owe the debt.

Sadly, both victims have passed away but the money from the order will be used to reimburse their estates.

Detective Sergeant Andrew Kennard, of Dorset Police’s Economic Crime Unit, said: “We will take every available opportunity to deprive criminals of their illegal gain to directly compensate victims of crime, ensuring offenders are held to account and victims are put first.

“We hope this sends out a clear message to offenders that they will be dealt with through the courts and forced to pay for their crimes.”

Issued: 12 February 2014