Jan 22 2013
A former police officer and a Sun journalist will be charged as part of the investigation into alleged corrupt payments to public officials, prosecutors have said.
Ex-Metropolitan Police constable Paul Flattley and the Sun's defence editor Virginia Wheeler are accused of conspiracy to commit misconduct in public office.
It is alleged that the officer was paid at least £4,000 in cheques and £2,450 in cash in exchange for information, including about the death of a 14-year-old girl.
Principal legal advisor to the Director of Public Prosecutions Alison Levitt QC said: "It is alleged that between May 25, 2008 and September 13, 2011 Flattley, who at the time was a serving police constable with the Metropolitan Police Service, was paid at least £4,000 (in the form of cheques) and £2,450 (in cash) by the Sun newspaper in exchange for information provided in breach of the terms of his employment.
"The information provided included information about the tragic death of a 14-year-old girl, as well as details about both suspects and victims of accidents, incidents and crimes. This included, but was not limited to, information about high-profile individuals and those associated with them."
The charges are being brought as a result of Operation Elveden, Scotland Yard's inquiry into alleged corrupt payments to public officials.
So far, 56 people have been arrested as part of the inquiry, six have been charged, and two - a retired police officer and a former journalist - have been told they will face no further action.
Those charged include former News International chief executive Rebekah Brooks, 44, Sun chief reporter John Kay, 69, and Ministry of Defence employee Bettina Jordan-Barber, 39.
It is alleged that Brooks, from Oxfordshire, and Kay, from north west London, conspired to pay Jordan-Barber, from Shrivenham, near Swindon, Wiltshire, around £100,000 for information. The three each face one count of conspiracy to commit misconduct in a public office between January 1 2004 and January 31 this year.
David Cameron's former spin doctor Andy Coulson and former News of the World royal correspondent Clive Goodman also face charges. They are accused of conspiracy to pay for information including a royal phone directory known as the "Green Book". It contained contact details for the Royal Family and members of their households.