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Police officers sold crash victims' data to solicitors
5:43pm Thursday 30th January 2014 in News
A former police officer and her lover have been found guilty of stealing thousands of accident victims' details from her force computer and selling the information to solicitors' firms.
Sugra Hanif, 27, a former constable, and Raza Khan were convicted at Winchester Crown Court of conspiracy to commit misconduct in a public office.
Khan's wife, Paramjeet Kaur, also faces the same charge and the jury is still considering the case against her.
The trial heard that the conspiracy, which began in January 2011, could have netted more than £1 million.
Hanif, of Bretch Hill, Banbury, Oxfordshire, would access the Thames Valley Police command and control computer to note the personal details of members of the public involved in road accidents, including the unique reference number (URN) each incident was given, prosecutor Peter Asteris said.
Hanif, Khan, also 27, and Kaur, 26, both of Ivy Road, Handsworth, Birmingham, set up case management companies to sell this information to firms of solicitors who would pay them a referral fee for each case that led to a successful compensation claim, Mr Asteris told the court.
Each referral fee was worth between £600 and £800 and the trio gained a total of £26,400 from the 2,456 cases details Hanif stole during the 11-month conspiracy, he said.
The prosecutor stated: ''The Crown's case against her is that she doesn't have integrity, she didn't fulfil her duties to us, the public, in the way she ought, and she abused her position and she abused it with the assistance of the other two defendants in the dock.
''All three of them have been involved in a conspiracy to obtain confidential police information.''
Mr Asteris said Hanif claimed she was forced under duress from Khan to steal the data, while Khan and Kaur claimed they did not know the data was illegal.
The jury was sent home to consider its deliberations regarding Kaur tomorrow.