From honoured businesswoman to shamed criminal, Anne Ganley is beginning a 30-month jail sentence after getting employees to take her speeding points.
Among her many accolades is an OBE given in the Queen's honours list.
Will she be stripped of her OBE?
Honours can be taken away from people who have done something to damage the honours system’s reputation. Taking an honour away is called ‘forfeiture’.
Someone’s honour can be taken away if they are:
1) Sentenced to prison for at least three months for a criminal offence (which Ganley has)
2) Censured or struck off by a professional or regulatory body for something directly relevant to their honour (eg a doctor being struck off)
Other reasons for forfeiture can also be considered.
Forfeiture: what happens
The Honours Forfeiture Committee considers the case. Their discussions are confidential.
If the committee recommends an honour is withdrawn, the decision is sent to the Queen by the Prime Minister. The Queen decides if the honour should be forfeited.
If someone’s honour is forfeited it is published in the London Gazette.