Former Surrey Chief Inspector sentenced to two and half years for fraud

06/05/2014

Tanya Brookes, Former Chief Inspector for Surrey Police was today at Winchester Crown Court imprisoned to two and half years today.

 Following the sentence, Anton Allera, Senior District Crown Prosecutor for the Crown Prosecution Service said: " After a long and thorough investigation by the Surrey Police Standards Department, the Crown Prosecution Service authorised a number of charges in respect of Mrs Brookes offending as there was a realistic prospect of a conviction and it was in the public interest to do so.

" On 28 February, the jury at Winchester Crown Court convicted her of 25 counts of fraud, which represented a series of dishonest transactions in respect of a number of high street retails.  One of the aggravating features in respect of some of her offending was that the defendant on occasions referred to the fact she was a serving police officer or wore her identification lanyard at the time of the transactions. This can only be described as a gross breach of trust given her position at the time as a Chief Inspector.

"A second trial involving a series of additional dishonesty offences was due to begin trial on the March 2014. However, the defendant entered guilty pleas to further eight offences of fraud. This represented incidents including the defendant making representations that she was employed as a counter terrorism police officer at Gatwick airport in order to secure a discounted rate for a luxury family holiday. Other incidents included making false documentation to support fraudulent claims for damaged luggage.

"The public expects that police officers act with integrity. The successful prosecution of this defendant demonstrates that no one is above the law."