London Cop Who Illegally Accessed Police Database To Monitor Criminal Investigation Into Himself Is Now A Convicted Criminal

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A serving Metropolitan police has pleaded guilty to crimes under the UK's Computer Misuse Act after he illegally accessed a police database to monitor a criminal investigation into his own conduct.

Sergeant Okechukwu Efobi, of Byron Road, Wealdstone, Harrow, was ordered to pay a total of £540, that is, £90 victim surcharge tax and £450 of prosecution cost and he is to also complete 150 hours of community service.

Efobi was accused of accessing a police database multiple times to view details of suspects in an ongoing criminal investigation between 2017 and October 2018 at the force's high security Empress State Building HQ in southwest London.

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Efobi is said to have searched the unidentified database, view details of the other suspects in criminal investigations and as well sent himself documents from it.

According to the Register, Efobi has pleaded guilty to three charges under section 1(1) and (3) of the Computer Misuse Act 1990 last Week at Westminster Magistrates' Court. 

Though an internal misconduct review into his actions is underway, Efobi still remain employed by the Metropolitan and is on restricted duty.

In 2015, the Metropolitan recorded a triple allegation in computer misuses that year, with police employees alleged to have abused their privileges 173 times. By 2017, the police forces had investigated a total of 779 cases of potential data misuse within their own ranks. That same year, the police trade union said that their members were "persistently" committing data breaches.

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