A former Banbury police officer has been sentenced to three-and-a-half years in jail after being convicted of stealing the personal details of road crash victims from a police computer and selling them to her lover who exploited them to make money from accident claims referrals.
Sugra Hanif, 27, of Bretch Hill, Banbury, was sentenced at Winchester Crown Court yesterday (Wednesday) after being convicted of conspiracy to commit misconduct in a public office last month.
Hanif was also sacked by Thames Valley Police last week.
Co-defendant – Hanif’s lover Raza Khan – 27, of Ivy Road, Handsworth, Birmingham, was found guilty of conspiracy to commit misconduct in a public office after working with Hanif on the scam between April 1 2011 and December 12 2011.
Det Ch Supt Tim De Meyer, TVP’s head of professional standards said: “The thorough investigation of the crime shows how seriously Thames Valley Police takes these matters.
“It is vital that people have complete trust in Thames Valley Police and its officers. We are pleased that justice has been done.”
John Locke, Senior Crown Prosecutor for the Complex Casework Unit of the Crown Prosecution Service in Wessex added: “Sugra Hanif entered into a conspiracy with Khan, her lover, to obtain and use confidential police information from the Thames Valley Police database concerning a large number of Road Traffic accidents.
“Hanif and Khan used the data they stole to make contact with victims of traffic accidents and persuade them to make accident claims.”
The Winchester Crown Court jury heard that accident victims would be referred to personal injury claims management firms or to solicitors specialising in accident claims. If they were successful in making a referral, the solicitors would pay a referral fee usually in the region of £600 to £800 to Khan, or companies under his control.
Mr Locke continued: “This was a sophisticated conspiracy that had been planned for quite some time. Indeed Khan had registered a company called SR Auto Repairs LTD in March 2011, almost a month before they started calling the victims of accidents.
“In acting in this disgraceful way, Hanif, who was a serving police officer, ignored the duties she owed to the community.
“It was right to bring Hanif to justice: her actions must not be allowed to detract from all the good work that the police deliver on a daily basis.”