Police recover $620k in assets from convicted Transport Ministry fraudster Joanne Harrison

Police have recovered about $620,000 in assets from convicted Transport Ministry fraudster Joanne Harrison.

Harrison stole $727,000 from the Ministry during her four-year employment as a general manager. In 2017 she was sentenced to three years, seven months in prison.

A Police Asset Recovery Unit investigation has obtained various assets belonging to Harrison and her husband, the court-ordered forfeiture of which will go toward recouping the money she stole.

These assets included a Far North residential property, a vehicle, cash and jewellery to the value of $620,000.

Harrison has been under investigation by the Asset Recovery Unit since June 2016.

Detective Senior Sergeant Brent Murray of the Central Asset Recovery Unit says the use of the Criminal Proceeds Recovery Act has been a success.

"Ms Harrison's offending was selfish and driven purely by greed and financial gain," he says.

"We ask community members who think someone may be benefitting financially from a crime to contact their local Police or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111."