Following a prosecution by the ICO before Liverpool Magistrates' Court, Joseph Walker (a former manager at UK Claims Organisation Ltd) pleaded guilty to section 55 of the Data Protection Act offences and was (i) fined 2,000, (ii) ordered to pay a victim surcharge of 15 and (iii) ordered to pay 1,600 in prosecution costs. Joseph Walker had led a team in making blagging calls to insurance companies in order to illegally obtain information about customers and road traffic accidents they had been involved in. The employees used various guises, including claiming to be calling from solicitors firms, to obtain the information and then sell cases on to solicitors as personal injury claims. The court found that this behaviour breached section 55 of the Data Protection Act: "A person must not knowingly or recklessly, without the consent of the data controller (a) obtain or disclose personal data or the information contained in personal data, or (b) procure the disclosure to another person of the information contained in personal data".