Cop who sold logs of crashes is jailed

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AFORMER Lan­cashire po­lice of­fi­cer was jailed after be­ing con­victed of con­spir­ing to sell per­sonal data from traf­fic ac­ci­dent logs.

Nigel Mun­gur, 40, a for­mer im­me­di­ate re­sponse of­fi­cer, pleaded guilty in Novem­ber 2015 to mis­con­duct in pub­lic of­fice, con­spir­acy to com­mit mis­con­duct in pub­lic of­fice, money laun­der­ing and unau­tho­rised ac­cess to a com­puter.

A po­lice in­ves­ti­ga­tion found Mun­gur had ac­cessed more than 20,000 logs over seven years, mak­ing more than £363,000 by sell­ing the in­for­ma­tion on to John Hel­ton, who worked for Liver­pool­based law firm GT Law.

Hel­ton, 37, ad­mit­ted charges last month of con­spir­acy with Mun­gur to con­vert crim­i­nal prop­erty (money laun­der­ing) and con­spir­acy with him to com­mit unau­tho­rised ac­cess to a com­puter.

At Ch­ester Crown Court on Fri­day Nigel Mun­gur was jailed for five years and Hel­ton for two years, sus­pended for two years.

Nigel Mun­gur’s wife, Ni­cola, also a for­mer po­lice of­fi­cer, was given a con­di­tional dis­charge after she ad­mit­ted a data pro­tec­tion of­fence.

Both the Mun­gurs, from Crosby, were dis­missed from the force in March 2016 for gross mis­con­duct.

In Fe­bru­ary 2014 Lan­cashire Con­stab­u­lary’s pro­fes­sional stan­dards in­tegrity & anti-cor­rup­tion team launched an in­ves­ti­ga­tion fol­low­ing com­plaints from mem­bers of the pub­lic about the unau­tho­rised dis­clo­sure of their per­sonal in­for­ma­tion after they had been in­volved in traf­fic ac­ci­dents.

The com­plaints arose be­cause those in­volved had pro­vided their per­sonal de­tails to the po­lice but not to any third party and yet they had been con­tacted by a law firm pur­port­ing to spe­cialise in ob­tain­ing com­pen­sa­tion for the vic­tims of road traf­fic ac­ci­dents.

Det Supt Pete Simm, head of Lan­cashire Con­stab­u­lary’s pro­fes­sional stan­dards depart­ment, said: “Po­lice of­fi­cers and staff are hugely priv­i­leged in terms of the data they have ac­cess to and mem­bers of the pub­lic should be able to trust the po­lice with the in­tegrity of that data.

“Nigel Mun­gur clearly and bla­tantly breached that trust over a sub­stan­tial pe­riod of time. Once these of­fences came to light we in­sti­gated a full, thor­ough and pro­por­tion­ate in­ves­ti­ga­tion and took swift ac­tion to re­move both the Mun­gurs from the or­gan­i­sa­tion.

“I would like to re­as­sure our com­mu­ni­ties that we will con­tinue to act wher­ever we find mal­prac­tice and wrong­do­ing within Lan­cashire Con­stab­u­lary. We will root it out to en­sure that peo­ple can have con­fi­dence and trust in us.”

The judge at Ch­ester Crown Court said Nigel Mun­gur had shown a so­phis­ti­cated and per­sis­tent ap­proach which showed a gross breach of trust mo­ti­vated by greed. He had abused his trusted po­si­tion as a po­lice of­fi­cer and un­der­mined the pub­lic’s faith in the po­lice, the ma­jor­ity of whom do an ex­cep­tional job, the judge said.

Ben Fletcher, direc­tor of the In­sur­ance Fraud Bureau, who as­sisted with the po­lice in­ves­ti­ga­tion, said: “This in­ves­ti­ga­tion high­lights that unau­tho­rised data shar­ing can oc­cur within any pro­fes­sion, but the IFB and the in­sur­ance in­dus­try re­main vig­i­lant to it and are com­mit­ted to clamp­ing down on those in­volved in this type of crime. The sen­tences handed down demon­strate that this is­sue is be­ing taken se­ri­ously.

“These in­di­vid­u­als were trusted by the pub­lic to han­dle their data safely and se­curely, and this crim­i­nal be­hav­iour for fi­nan­cial gain is ab­hor­rent and one that will not be tol­er­ated.”

Mem­bers of the pub­lic can re­port in­for­ma­tion or sus­pi­cions about in­sur­ance fraud anony­mously to the Cheat­line.

The Cheat­line is a free ser­vice avail­able by call­ing 0800 4220421 or re­port­ing on­line at­sur­ance­fraud­bu­­line. All in­for­ma­tion pro­vided is treated in strict con­fi­dence.

Ni­cola Mun­gur, above, ad­mit­ted data pro­tec­tion of­fences and re­ceived a con­di­tional dis­charge; Nigel Mun­gur, left, was jailed for five years for con­spir­ing to sell per­sonal data from traf­fic ac­ci­dent logs

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