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Staffordshire criminals forced to pay back more than £1.1million

Criminals have been hit in the pocket to the tune of over £1.1 million by Staffordshire Police, new figures have revealed.

The force’s Economic Crime Unit (ECU) obtained confiscation orders totalling £1,101,578 between April and November 2011 and forfeited £67,000 in cash. A further £1.1 million is held in cash pending forfeiture or confiscation hearings.

Confiscation orders, issued at court, make offenders pay the cash equivalent of their benefit from crime – meaning they have to sell off homes, cars and other luxury items, such as jewellery or plasma televisions, acquired through a criminal lifestyle.

A significant amount of money recovered is used to compensate crime victims. Proceeds have been used as well to help fund Operation Nemesis – Staffordshire Police’s ongoing fight against drug dealers.

Detective Chief Inspector Paul Clews, head of Staffordshire’s Serious and Organised Crime Unit, said: “Staffordshire Police continues to work closely with the Crown Prosecution Service and the courts to take the profit out of crime.

“We’ve now been granted confiscation orders totalling over £13 million in the last five years. There is a strong link between hitting offenders in the pocket and cutting crime and anti-social behaviour.

“As a force, we’re taking positive action to turn the lives around of at-risk youngsters through initiatives such as the Right Stuff Boxing Club – and criminals are helping to pay for this.

“We will continue to strip offenders of their assets and urge anyone with information about people making an unfair living from crime to ring us on 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.”

More details about asset recovery in Staffordshire are available at www.staffordshire.police.uk/payback.

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2 Comments

  1. Cynic

    12th December, 2011 at 10:41 pm

    How much did it cost to recover each Million collected.

    Quote”“We’ve now been granted confiscation orders totalling over £13 million in the last five years.”End quote.

    “Confiscation order” is not “collected” – How much was collected at what cost?

  2. Cynic

    18th December, 2011 at 11:47 pm

    It is reported by the Nation Audit Office that outstanding fines/compensation orders total £1.9BILLION of which £1.4BILLION is written off/unpaid/not collected!The remaining £500MILLION is unlikely to be paid.
    So now we know they are unlikely to be paid – how much did the police waste on getting orders/fines which are not paid?
    If we take the Nation Audit Office report as an average base line the £1.1Million come down to less than £300K and even that according to the NAO/courts/police is unlikely to be collected!
    For those that like to look past the headlines the police like to feed you have a browse at the NAO figs – they are quite reveling at the amount of tax payers money wasted.