Policewoman stole details of thousands of road crash victims from a force computer system so she could refer them to ambulance chasing lawyers, a jury hears
A policewoman stole details of thousands of road crash victims from a force computer system so she could refer them to ambulance chasing lawyers as part of a â€œcriminal enterpriseâ€ she ran with her married lover and his wife, a jury heard.
Pc Sugra Hanif, (pictured), allegedly took down personal details of people involved in car crashes, before pressurising them to make claims so she and her co-accused could cash in on the Â£700 referral fee.
The 27-year-old Thames Valley Police officer was having an affair with married Raza Khan during the eight-month scheme. However, the relationship came to an end after an anonymous tip-off to police, the jury heard.
Prosecutors claim the scheme could have raked in â€œwell over Â£1 million poundsâ€ if all 2,500 sets of details allegedly stolen by Hanif had resulted in a referral.
Prosecutor Peter Asteris told the jury at Winchester Crown Court that Khan set up a company called SR Auto Repairs a month before the scheme began in April 2011, in order to refer â€œclientsâ€ to solicitors.
A further two similar firms were started in the name of Mr Khanâ€™s wife Paramjeet Kaur, who was also charged.
Mr Asteris told the jury: â€œThe data Pc Hanif took â€“ information the Crown says she stole â€“ was not data she needed to access.
â€œIt was not data related to incidents in which she had been involved.
â€œIt was just, the Crown says, to provide it to her lover â€“ a man she was having an affair with â€“ to promote his business interests.â€
Mr Asteris said the scheme collapsed when police received an anonymous phone call tip-off that Pc Hanif was misusing the police computer â€“ sparking an internal police probe to look through audit records of the Unique Reference Numbers (URNs) Pc Hanif had downloaded from the system.
â€œThe results of that inquiry show Pc Hanif, between April 1 and December 9 2011, accessed a staggering 2,456 different URNs of different incidents on the computer,â€ said Mr Asteris.
â€œAlmost all of them, the Crown will show, had no connection to her duties, no connection to her role as an officer.
â€œShe was simply stealing almost 2,500 peopleâ€™s data from that system.â€
He continued: â€œThe Crown says her activity amounts to serious misuse of the police computer.
â€œIn the case of Pc Hanif, who had a duty to the public as a serving police officer, we say it is nothing short of deliberate and cynical use of the privilege she had in being allowed to use that computer in the first place.â€
The prosecutor claimed Hanif, Khan and his wife Kaur used the personal data to make â€œpressure salesâ€ to the crash victims for them to make accident claims with solicitors.
â€œEach time they did that, they would get between Â£600 pounds and Â£700 pounds from solicitors who process these claims,â€ Mr Asteris said.
He added: â€œWe can show at the very least a financial gain from these referrals of Â£26,400.
â€œIf all the data stolen had been converted in to referral fees â€“ had they carried on doing it â€“ the value of these referral fees clearly would have been well over Â£1million pounds.â€
On March 16, 2011 â€“ two weeks before Hanif allegedly started stealing data â€“ Khan established a company called SR Auto Repairs Ltd.
The prosecutor claimed S stands for Hanifâ€™s first name, Sugra, and the R stood for Khanâ€™s name, Raza.
Mr Asteris also stated that Advanced Accident and Injury Management Ltd and V&R Recruitment Ltd were set up on May 24 and October 11 2011 respectively in the name of Khanâ€™s wife, Paramjeet Kaur.
Hanif, of Bretch Hill, Banbury, Oxon., denies obtaining personal data from the Thames Valley Police control and command system, and a charge of disclosing the personal data.
Khan, of Ivy Road, Handsworth, Birmingham, West Mids., denies obtaining information from the Thames Valley Police control and command system.
Kaur, also of Ivy Road, Handsworth, Khan and Hanif all deny one count of conspiracy to commit misconduct in a public office.
The case continues.
Policewoman ran criminal enterprise with married lover and his wife, court hears