Two people have today, Wednesday, 26 November, been found not guilty at the Old Bailey following an investigation by Operation Elveden. A third person had already pleaded guilty.
Jonathan Hall, 53 (21.05.61) of Grafton Road, NW5, a Press Officer at Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC) pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit misconduct in public office.
Marta Bukarewicz, 45 (7.01.69) of Grafton Road, NW5, partner of Mr Hall and not a public official, was found not guilty of conspiracy to commit misconduct in public office.
Clodagh Hartley, 40 (21.10.74) of Manor Avenue, SE4, a journalist at The Sun newspaper was found not guilty of conspiracy to commit misconduct in public office.
The allegations centred around payments totaling £17,475 that Jonathan Hall admitted receiving in exchange for the unauthorised disclosure of information obtained as a result of his employment.
The information given contained details about upcoming but as yet unannounced government spending and policy decisions relating to the 2010 Budget and the coalition government’s deficit reduction plans.
Sentencing of Mr Hall is due to take place on 6 February 2015.