A police officer who was jailed for selling information to live a luxury lifestyle faces losing his ill-gotten gains.
PC Nigel Mungur made around £360,000 by selling police information about crash victims to claims management companies. Mungur and his wife Nicola, who both served in Lancashire Constabulary, used the cash to enjoy a lifestyle which ordinary people could only dream of.
Mungur even posted pictures online showing the couple on holiday in exotic locations. However, the ECHO can now reveal that the Crown Prosecution Service is set to try and claw back the money Mungur made from the crash scam through a Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA) hearing.
Mungur, who was jailed for five years, could potentially face serving more jail time if he fails to pay “confiscations” ordered by the court at the conclusion of the POCA hearing. POCA legislation is used by prosecutors to deprive individuals of any money they have made from crime.
Last month, Chester Crown court heard that Mungur was involved in a seven-year long scam while he worked for Lancashire Constabulary . He sold police data to a claims management company.
Prosecutors claimed Mungur made over £50,000 a year accessing personal and confidential data on 21,802 occasions and even set up his own firm called the Personal Injury Company to help him sell his leads on.
But the policeman’s criminality began to unravel when people started to complain about unsolicited calls from law firms. Mungur admitted misconduct in a public office, conspiracy to commit misconduct in public office, money laundering and unauthorised access to a computer. His wife Nicola pleaded guilty to obtaining personal data, an offence under The Data Protection Act, and was conditionally discharged for 12 months.
Mungur and his wife, who lived on leafy Haigh Road, in Waterloo, were both sacked from the force last year following a disciplinary hearing.
The ECHO recently revealed that Mungur was once a well-respected officer who stood up for a community on a council estate blighted by yobs. In January 2007, PC Mungur vowed to clean up a street corner in the Digmoor area of Skelmersdale , which had become over run by local youths.
He also delivered Christmas presents to community centres in the area, posing for photographs which appeared in a local paper. One community leader remembered him as someone who “took his job very seriously” and was shocked to hear he had been jailed.
A spokesman for the CPS confirmed that they had applied for a Proceeds of Crime Act hearing against Mungur. The hearing is set to take place at Chester Crown court next April.