Officer ordered to pay almost £400,000 for stealing police data
A former Lancashire police officer has been ordered to pay back the proceeds of selling criminally obtained data to claims management companies.
A hearing on Tuesday (May 8) handed Nigel Mungur the confiscation order totalling £367,772, which will be in place until the total has been paid.
Mungur pleaded guilty in 2015 to choreographing a scam to benefit himself and an associate, John Helton, a former Relationship Manager at GT Law. The scam involved selling data from road traffic collisions.
Claims firms used the details to cold call people and offer to obtain compensation.
He was sentenced five years’ imprisonment in 2017, which was reduced to four years on appeal.
The Lancashire Constabulary Anti-Corruption Team found that Mungur had accessed thousands of incident logs between April 2007 and 2014.
Ben Fletcher, Director of the Insurance Fraud Bureau said: “This result is another victory in this shocking case. Mungur used his position as a trusted member of the police to capitalise on others’ misfortune, by selling their information illegally to companies that encouraged fraudulent insurance claims.
“It is only right that money he used to fund his extravagant lifestyle is recuperated back, hitting him exactly where it hurts. Our message is clear, punishment doesn’t stop at a prison sentence, you will pay for your crimes in every possible way.”
Detective Superintendent Pete Simm, Head of Lancashire Constabulary’s Professional Standards Department, said: “Today’s hearing sends out a clear message that no-one working within Lancashire Constabulary will be allowed to profit from corruption.
“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 integrity of that data. Nigel Mungur clearly and blatantly breached the trust placed in him as a serving police officer.
“Lancashire Constabulary will continue to act where we find malpractice and wrongdoing within the organisation and take swift action to root it out, to ensure the public can have confidence and trust in us.”