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Hertfordshire Constabulary Recovers 1.34 million For Victims
David Lloyd, the Police and Crime Commissioner for Hertfordshire, has praised the efforts of the county’s police officers who’ve successfully seized more than £1.34 million worth of assets from criminals in the last financial year.

This revenue, which is generated through offender confiscations, will be returned to victims of crime in compensation.

The offences include fraud, theft, rogue trading, theft from employer and romance fraud, which often involves online dating scams.

David Lloyd said: “Since I took office in 2012 I’ve put the principle of Offender Pays at the heart of my strategy, including in my recent Community Safety and Criminal Justice plan. Here is one great example of this action in practice.

This result is testament to the hard work of Hertfordshire’s officers. They took swift and effective action to seize criminal funds, which will rightly go back to the victims of crime.”

This has been part of a pan-regional operation involving forces across the East of England.

Detective Inspector John Tacey of the Regional Economic Crime Unit - part of the Eastern Region Special Operations Unit said: “The Financial Investigators based at ERSOU remain committed to ensuring that victim compensation is one of the main priorities.

Using the powers available to the Investigators under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002, we will continue to strip offenders of their ill-gotten gains, ensuring that they do not benefit from their crimes and that their victims are compensated”

The victims will be notified and will receive their compensation directly from HM Court Services once the assets confiscated have been realised. They will also be offered continued support via the Hertfordshire Victim Care Centre, Beacon.

BACKGROUND:
 
The full amount recovered to date for Hertfordshire victims is £1,346,615.00. The purpose of a confiscation order is to deprive the defendant of the proceeds of his or her crime, is only fulfilled once the order is paid. A confiscation order is a debt owed by the defendant to the Crown. The defendant can choose to pay the order voluntarily, but if he or she fails to pay the order, compulsory enforcement action can be taken. ERSOU will usually obtain compensation for victims through confiscation which allows the courts to hand down a prison sentence if the order is not paid within a specific time.