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BBC accountant jailed over Doctor Who theft

1/8/2014

An accountant has been jailed for two years for stealing from the budget of British sci-fi series Doctor Who. Oliver Ager, 35, from Somerset, England took $120,000 (£80,000) from BBC funds while working on accounts for the show and medical drama Casualty. He was fired from his job with the corporation in 2012, and went on to admit 17 fraud charges at Cardiff Crown Court in Wales. Ager, who has repaid some of the money to the BBC, has now been sentenced to two years in jail. A BBC spokesman says, "When the BBC became aware of the serious allegations it contacted the police and began an internal investigation which led to Oliver Ager's dismissal in October 2012. Oliver Ager has since pleaded guilty to committing fraud and has now been sentenced. "Since Oliver Ager committed these crimes the BBC has reviewed its cash processes and ensured that there is additional oversight to prevent a crime like this from happening again."

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