Denmark probes suspected leaks of credit card use by celebrities

Thu May 8, 2014 3:19pm EDT
 
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By Annabella Nielsen

COPENHAGEN (Reuters) - Danish police are investigating suspected leaks of information about credit card use by politicians, celebrities and members of the royal family to a magazine in a widening scandal.

Police have charged a former male employee at International Business Machines, contracted to work for card payments firm Nets, with leaking Nets data to the magazine Se & Hor. He has not been placed in detention.

"The suspicion is that Se & Hor in the period 2008-2012 has received information about famous people's credit card transactions from Nets," said Chief Superintendent Bent Isager-Nielsen, leading the investigation at Copenhagen police.

Police say Nets, Se & Hor and IBM are cooperating in the investigation.

Credit cards used by former prime minister Lars Lokke Rasmussen, members of the Danish royal family and actor Mads Mikkelsen were allegedly among those monitored.

NO SECRET HONEYMOON

Se & Hor managed, for instance, to follow Danish Prince Joachim and his wife on what was meant to be a secret honeymoon to Canada in 2008, apparently after using leaked data about their purchase of plane tickets.   Continued...

 
Cast member Mads Mikkelsen poses during a photocall for the film "Michael Kohlhaas" at the 66th Cannes Film Festival in Cannes May 24, 2013.        REUTERS/Jean-Paul Pelissier