08 June 2017, Prosecutions, General business
Following a prosecution by the ICO, Joseph Walker pleaded guilty to section 55 Data Protection Act offences before Liverpool Magistrates’ Court, which related to making blagging calls to obtain information about policy holders and the road traffic accidents they had been involved in, from insurance companies. At the time of the offences the defendant had worked at a claims management company, UK Claims Organisation Ltd, based in Liverpool, together with co-defendants Lesley Severs and Kayleigh Billington, who were sentenced last year. It was the prosecution case that data originally obtained unlawfully from a car hire company was used by the employees of the claims management company as leads, to make blagging calls to insurance companies. In the calls the defendants used various guises and tried to obtain further information from the insurers, in order to be able to sell cases on to solicitors as personal injury claims.
Jospeh Walker pleaded guilty to 12 offences under section 55 of the Data Protection Act 1998 and 44 like offences were taken into consideration, for which he was fined £2,000, ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £15 and prosecution costs of £1,600.