Brothel Woman Ordered To Pay Cash Back

Police, Courts and Treasury happy to benefit from the Immoral cash.

A woman convicted of running a brothel in Worcester has been forced to pay back more than £16,000 of her profits through crime.

Belinda Weston, aged 48, from Calf Heath, Wolverhampton, was convicted at Worcester Crown Court in March 2009 of keeping a brothel used for prostitution.

She had been running a brothel from a property in Malvern Road, St Johns until police officers executed a warrant on Thursday 28 May, 2008.

While Weston was fined £500 with £500 costs, she was ordered to disclose her assets for confiscation under the Proceeds of Crime Act; this had been instituted by the West Mercia Police Economic Crime Unit.

The court determined that her criminal conduct during the operation of the brothel had resulted in her gaining a benefit of £14,396.48 and she was ordered to pay back this amount to Her Majesty’s Court Service (HMCS).

West Mercia Police has been informed this week by the HMCS Enforcement Unit that Weston paid back £16,132.16, the original order amount of £14,396.48 plus accrued interest of £1,735.68.

Chris Battin, Financial Investigator at the West Mercia Police Economic Crime Unit said: “This represents a very satisfactory conclusion to the case as not only were the original offences detected and her activities stopped, but her criminal benefit was paid into the public purse.

“Because there were no direct victims who suffered losses as a result of her activities, the money paid back will be split between the Treasury, West Mercia Police, HMCS and the Crown Prosecution, which means it will be ploughed back into fighting crime in Worcestershire.”

Local Policing Officer for St John’s and officer in the case for the initial investigation, PC Andy Hall, added: “This is a great result and sends a clear message to people that make money from crime that they may have to pay every penny back.

“Belinda Weston acted illegally in a nice, law-abiding community and such behaviour was not tolerated by the police or residents.

“I would like to thank residents for the support and information they offered in connection with this case and would ask anyone who has concerns about any kind of illegal activity in their community to contact police.

I saw this from West Mercia Police so i thought i would ask them the following Question.

Does that mean the Police are benefiting from immoral earnings?

I don’t think the press office had ever been asked such a question as i got several answers.

I pointed out that it was the same money the prostitute had earned sleeping with men for money so in fact the Police were benefiting from immoral earnings.

As it was Immoral earnings when she was spending it the fact its the same cash but the Police were spending it still made it immoral earnings.

After several exchanges i think they gave up

they said “all crime is immoral”

‎”Because there were no direct victims who suffered losses as a result of her activities, the money paid back will be split between the Treasury, West Mercia Police, HMCS and the Crown Prosecution, West Mercia Police has been informed this week by the HMCS Enforcement Unit that Weston paid back £16,132.16, the original order amount of £14,396.48 plus accrued interest of £1,735.68.

But the Victims were the people who lived near it surely?

But the Community that put up with this brothal get nothing,  the money could be used for CCTV or extra street lighting or cutting back overgrown shrubs and hedges in the area.

It seems wrong to me that everyone other than the people affected get money from this as the Courts, the Treasury and crown split it like some find in the street.

It’s time any proceeds of crime recovered under the Proceeds Of Crime Act benefits the Community in the area not scambled over by the Police and Courts.

But a West Mercia Police spokesman hit back saying

” No, it just means that what the public purse has to spend on prosecuting those who benefit from immoral earnings is reduced.”

“All Crime is immoral says  West Mercia Police ”

But this is happening all over the Country and must run in to hundreds of millions a year.

This is money that could be used locally by local people to improve the area around them (A COMMUNTY FUND) instead it is lying in the coffers of the Courts and Police to pay for highly paid pen pushers.

The Proceeds of Crime Act seems to be a cash cow for the Goverment, money that should go in to a community fund to be spent on projects locally where the crime happened.

This could be CCTV for a sheltered housing complex,or funding for a resident’s group or setting up a  youth club to get children off the streets.

All a far better use for the cash.

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