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Operation Elveden: HMRC press officer to be charged

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Jonathan Hall, a senior press officer with HM Revenue & Customs, is to be charged along with his partner and The Sun’s Whitehall editor Clodagh Hartley as part of Operation Elveden.

The Crown Prosecution Service said in a statement that Hartley, Hall, and Hall’s partner Marta Bukarewicz, who is not a public official, would be charged with conspiracy to commit misconduct in public office.

“It is alleged that between 30 March 2008 and 15 July 2011 The Sun newspaper paid £17,475 to Jonathan Hall, mostly via Marta Bukarewicz, in exchange for the unauthorised disclosure of information obtained as a result of his employment with HMRC,” the CPS said.

"The information provided included details about government plans, including upcoming but as yet unannounced spending and policy decisions relating to the 2010 Budget and the coalition government’s deficit reduction plans. Information also related specifically to policy and decision-making within HMRC, including that relating to job losses and casework.

"All of these matters were considered carefully in accordance with the DPP's guidelines on the public interest in cases affecting the media. This guidance asks prosecutors to consider whether the public interest served by the conduct in question outweighs the overall criminality before bringing criminal proceedings.”

Hall, aged 51, and Bukarewicz, 44, both from Kentish Town, north London; and Hartley, 38, from Brockley, south east London, will appear at Westminster Magistrates' Court on 29 May, The Independent reported.

Operation Elveden is the Metropolitan Police’s investigation into allegations involving the unlawful provision of information by public officials to journalists.

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