Former police officer ordered to pay £25,000 in confiscation fines!

The judge told Tanya Brookes if she does not pay the fine within six months without good reason, she would be sent to jail

Tanya Brookes attended Winchester Crown Court on Tuesday December 15 following a confiscation hearing where she was told to pay £25,000
Tanya Brookes attended Winchester Crown Court on Tuesday December 15 following a confiscation hearing where she was told to pay £25,000

A former senior police officer jailed for a series of frauds on high street stores and travel companies has been told to pay £25,000 in confiscation costs.

Tanya Brookes, a former chief inspector for Surrey Police, was convicted of 33 counts, principally for returning goods bought at sale prices and claiming the full price refunds.

She received a 30-month jail sentence, which was reduced to 18 months, of which she served four months last year.

The 48-year-old from Nursery Road in Godalming made more than £11,000 from a number of high profile shops including John Lewis, Boots, Waitrose, and the White Company.

Mrs Brookes was today (December 15) ordered to pay back £25,000 in a confiscation hearing at Winchester Crown Court.

The judge also ordered the forfeiture and destruction of various items used in the frauds, including her computers and memory sticks, as well as items purchased such as micro scooters and gift vouchers.

A sum of £5,734.97 will be taken from the £25,000 figure and given back to the high street stores she defrauded. She must pay the full amount in six months.

Judge Andrew Barnett said: “You have benefited by your criminality to the tune of £25,000.

“As far as the confiscation is concerned, from that money the sum of £5,734.97 will be made as a compensation claim to the companies.

“You will pay the sum within six months and if you fail to do so, without good reason, you will go to prison for 18 months.”

Judge Barnett, when he jailed her for 33 counts of fraud in May last year, said Brookes had ‘disgraced the uniform’ she once wore and ‘brought shame on the force’ she served.

She was initially charged with 58 separate offences, alleging frauds ranging from several thousand pounds for a holiday, to just a pound or two for some Müller vouchers.

She was later convicted by a jury on 25 counts of fraud and admitted a further eight.