A private investigator who allegedly fed information to the News of the World (NoW) has been jailed for separate charges of ‘blagging' sensitive information from government sources and selling it to insurers.
Philip Campbell Smith was a member of a criminal gang which used a range of techniques to fraudulently acquire individuals' personal details from Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs (HMRC).
The four-man gang also extracted information from the National Police Computer and Interpol, the Telegraph reports.
Campbell Smith, a former British Army Intelligence officer, and his co-defendants, then sold the information to various clients including insurers, foreign exchange brokers and solicitors.
Details obtained by fraud included bank details, credit card details, phone bill information and medical records.
In a separate incident, Campbell Smith was also allegedly hired by another private investigator, Jonathan Rees, who was working for embattled media group News International.
The investigators and the NoW are being investigated on suspicion of hacking into the emails of a former army intelligence officer who worked in Northern Ireland.
Campbell Smith and former detective Adam Spears were jailed for eight months for their part in the ‘blagging' racket.
Co-defendant Daniel Summers, the "lynchpin" of the gang, was sentenced to 12 months in prison.
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