Five convicted overall after former employee of payment company passed card records to gossip magazine editor

A former employee of a payment-processing company and a former chief editor of a gossip magazine were convicted on Thursday of illegally accessing credit card transactions and using them to track celebrities and members of the Danish royal family for four years.

Bo Henriksen, who obtained information through his previous job with the Nets company, was jailed for 18 months, while Henrik Qvortrup, formerly the chief editor of Se og Hr magazine, was given 18 months. In addition, another chief editor and two reporters were given sentences ranging from four to 12 months. All had denied the charges and Henriksen has lodged an appeal.

One of the reporters, Ken B Rasmussen, wrote in a 2014 book that reporters used information from a secret source with access to a card-payment companys computers.

Qvortrup made a deal with Henriksen, who was paid 10,000 kroner (1,140) a month. Between 2008 and 2012, Henriksen provided the magazine with details about the credit card use of 135 Danish royals and celebrities.

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