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PC Sugra Hanif jailed for selling accident victims' data

  • 12 March 2014
  • From the section England
Sugra Hanif Image copyright PA
Image caption Thames Valley PC Sugra Hanif stole details from almost 2,500 cases

A police officer has been jailed for selling accident victims' details to solicitors' firms.

Sugra Hanif, of Bretch Hill, Banbury, Oxfordshire, stole the data from the Thames Valley Police computer during an 11-month conspiracy with her lover, Raza Khan.

Hanif was jailed for three and a half years. Khan was given a three year sentence at Winchester Crown Court.

Both were convicted of conspiracy to commit misconduct in a public office.

Hanif was dismissed from her job following a Thames Valley Police misconduct hearing on 3 March.

Referral fees

The 27-year-old began the conspiracy with Khan, 27, of Ivy Road, Handsworth, Birmingham, in January 2011, the court was told.

She 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 and Khan set up case management companies to sell the 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 they gained a total of £26,400 from the 2,456 case details Hanif stole during the 11-month conspiracy, he said.

The pair had been on trial alongside Khan's wife, Paramjeet Kaur, 26, who faced the same charge but the jury failed to reach a verdict in her case.

Mr Asteris said Hanif claimed she was forced under duress by Khan to steal the data, while Khan and Ms Kaur claimed they did not know the data was illegal.

Det Ch Supt Tim De Meyer, head of professional standards, said Hanif had been dismissed from the force after being found guilty.

"This was a serious case of corruption and it is right that she was dismissed from the force.

"The thorough investigation of her crime shows how seriously Thames Valley Police takes these matters."

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