WEDNESDAY, MAY 16: A thieving couple that pocketed more than $500,000 of public money could be stripped of all their assets.
Kyril Burrows and Delcina-Bean Burrows were convicted of a string of fraud charges by a Supreme Court jury late on Monday evening.
Now police and prosecutors will look to claw back the pair’s ill-gotten gains through the Proceeds of Crime Act.
Chief Inspector Sean Field Lament, who heads up the Financial Crime Unit, told the Bermuda Sun that the couple’s possessions had already been frozen.
He said: “When we started this investigation a restraint order was placed on the couple.
“Now the case has been heard and convictions have been recorded we have to wait for the sentences.
“We will be in consultation with the office of the Department of Public Prosecution (DPP) as to the next phase and will consider options provided by the Proceeds of Crime Act with respect to recovery of assets.”
The 1997 Act allows police to strip criminals of their profits.
These ill-gotten gains can include anything from expensive jewellery to flash cars to homes.
Burrows, 48, and Bean-Burrows, 49, ripped off taxpayers to the tune of $543,000 by falsifying documents and pocketing funds.
Prosecutors claimed Burrows, who is a former Government buildings manager, and his wife used the Government money to build their home in Turkey Hill in St George’s and buy luxury items including flat screen televisions.
The property could now be forfeited to the Government.
Burrows and Bean-Burrows were convicted of all but one of the 35 charges they faced by a jury on Monday night after seven hours of deliberation.
They were remanded in custody after the verdicts and will be sentenced at a later date. They face a maximum of 20 years behind bars when they are sentenced.