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Six figure confiscation order for police inspector

A police inspector who was jailed for fraud has been told he will have to repay more than £100 thousand. 

David Brown admitted using the names of family members, businesses and strangers to create false insurance policies and then claiming £92,000 commission. 

He also pleaded guilty to defrauding the Scottish Police Credit Union of £10,000 by hiding his credit status while applying for a loan. 

The main fraud was uncovered after a victim noticed that insurance payments, that she had no knowledge of, were being taken from her bank account.

Brown was jailed for 18 months in August last year after admitting the frauds. 

The 47-year-old, who worked as an inspector for British Transport Police while the offences were committed, appeared at Hamilton Sheriff Court today for a hearing under Proceeds of Crime legislation. 

The confiscation order gives the Crown the power to seize money that Brown gained through crime by taking from money and assets he acquires in the future. 

Liam Murphy, Procurator Fiscal, Specialist Casework, said:

“David Brown committed a significant fraud, using the names of close family members among others, and he did this while he had a duty to protect the public from crime.

“Today’s result should serve as a warning – we will not stop at prosecution. In effect, we have secured a financial life sentence. The order for the full value of the frauds will remain active against him until every penny is paid back, however long that takes.”