A police officer stole thousands of accident victims' details from her force computer and sold them with her lover and his wife in a conspiracy that could have netted them more than £1 million, a court has heard.
Sugra Hanif, 27, of Bretch Hill, Banbury, Oxfordshire, faces Winchester Crown Court charged with obtaining and disclosing personal data from Thames Valley Police's command and control systems and conspiracy to commit misconduct in a public office.
Raza Khan, 27, of Ivy Road, Handsworth, Birmingham, is charged with obtaining personal data and conspiracy to commit misconduct in a public office, and his wife, Paramjeet Kaur, 26, from the same address, is charged with conspiracy to commit misconduct in a public office.
Peter Asteris, prosecuting, told the jury the conspiracy began in January 2011 when Hanif was having an affair with Khan.
He said Hanif would access the Thames Valley Police command and control computer to note down the personal details of members of the public involved in road traffic accidents, including the unique reference number (URN) each incident was given.
The three set up case management companies to sell this information to firms of solicitors who would pay them a referral fee for each case that led to a successful compensation claim.
Mr Asteris said each referral fee was worth between £600 and £800 and the trio gained a total of £26,400 from the 2,456 cases details Hanif stole during the 11-month conspiracy.
He added: "If all of the data stolen had been converted into referral fees, if they had kept going, the value of those referral fees would have been worth over £1 million."
Mr Asteris said: "Every day, tens of thousands of police officers go out there and perform their duties sometimes at not inconsiderable risk to themselves, and they do so as we would expect them to, with duty, responsibility and integrity.
"Integrity, honesty and duty are really what this case is all about. One of these defendants, Sugra Hanif, was a serving police officer with Thames Valley Police.
"The Crown's case against her is that she doesn't have integrity, she didn't fulfill her duties to us, the public, in the way she ought and she abused her position and she abused it with the assistance of the other two defendants in the dock.
"All three of them have been involved in a conspiracy to obtain confidential police information."
He continued: "She had accessed, I am going to suggest, a staggering 2,456 URNs, different incidents, on the computer and almost all of them had no connection with her duties, no connection with her responsibilities as an investigating officer.
"The Crown says she was abusing that system and stealing 2,500 people's details from that computer system.
"She had on almost every case no valid reason for doing so whatsoever."
He added: "We say it was nothing short of a deliberate and cynical abuse of the privilege she had been given by having access to that system in the first place."
All three defendants deny the charges.
Mr Asteris said Hanif claims she was forced under duress from Khan to steal the data while Khan and Kaur claim they did not know the data was illegal.