by Gopalan on  July 17, 2009 at 8:25 PM Medico Legal News
 Brothel Madam Fined 2.6 Million Pounds In Lieu Of Jail
A brothel madam in Wales has been ordered to pay a fine of 2.6 million pound sterling in lieu of a four-year term. She was running four vice dens when the police cracked down on her.

Judge John Curran said Thursday "The court is obliged to make an order to ensure that persons who profit from criminal offences will not retain the profits of their industries.

"What she was doing was against the law, but it is not the most heinous sort of offending such as large-scale dealing in drugs or offences of fraud."

Diana Jane Jones, 45, netted more than 11,000 on one Six Nations rugby weekend in the capital alone.

Jones was not at Merthyr Tydfil Crown Court for the proceeds of crime hearing. The court was told she is in Cyprus where she intends to stay.

Making the 2.6m confiscation order, Judge John Curran said if she fails to pay within the next six months, Jones can ask for a six-month extension. But she faces a four-year jail sentence if she still does not pay. The maximum which could have been imposed is 10 years.

Roger Griffiths, prosecuting, said that the benefit figure of Jones' criminal activities amounted to 4m.

Of that, 400,000 had been spent and was no longer available, and 1m was attributed to legitimate running costs of the businesses.

Assets available for the purposes of the confiscation order amounted to 184,125.53, which included the equity in her luxury property in Llandain, Carmarthenshire, money in bank accounts, an Audi car, a motorbike, a bicycle, garden mower and wrist watch; and a further 2,415,874.47 in hidden assets. Paul Lewis QC, said the figures are "realistic and pragmatic."

Jones' business collapsed last year after she admitted concealing criminal property and managing a brothel between May 2004 and October 2006, Suzanne Evans reported for South Wales Echo.

Judge Curran gave Jones a 12-month jail sentence, suspended for two years, and ordered her to carry out 200 hours' unpaid work.

The grandmother and charity patron, who was also the main carer for her seven-year-old granddaughter, was spared jail because he ruled "no-one was harmed" by her activities.

Sentencing her last year, Judge Curran had said: "The real evil being looked at here is where prostitutes are coerced, threatened or trafficked.

"That is not a feature in this unusual case. No-one has suffered any physical or psychological damage. Police officers regularly visited these establishments to check whether underage girls were employed or if there was any drug use.

"And, on occasion, people working at these establishments were a source of intelligence. Some members of the police force were aware of what Diana Jones was doing."

Four other women described as Jones' "subordinates" were given four-month sentences, suspended for two years.

Source: Medindia

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