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Former Channel Seven executive John Fitzgerald, 57, accused of stealing $8 million from the TV network over 14 years is granted bail

Daily Mail logo Daily Mail 25/07/2019 Australian Associated Press

a man smiling for the camera: John Michael Fitzgerald (pictured) faced Burwood Local Court on Thursday accused of using hundreds of fake invoices to siphon money from the media company © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited John Michael Fitzgerald (pictured) faced Burwood Local Court on Thursday accused of using hundreds of fake invoices to siphon money from the media company A former Seven Network executive accused of stealing $8 million over 14 years has been granted bail in a Sydney court.

John Michael Fitzgerald faced Burwood Local Court on Thursday accused of using hundreds of fake invoices to siphon money from the media company into a series of bank accounts controlled by the former commercial programming manager.

The funds allegedly taken between 2002 and 2016 were paid back in full in May 2018, the court was told.

a man standing next to a woman: The former Seven Network executive accused of stealing $8 million over 14 years has been granted bail in a Sydney court © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited The former Seven Network executive accused of stealing $8 million over 14 years has been granted bail in a Sydney court As part of his strict bail conditions, the 57-year-old must surrender his passport, report three times a week to police and not seek any additional employment.

His current employer, who sat next to Fitzgerald's wife in the public gallery on Thursday, is aware of the case, the court was told.

Fitzgerald works four days a week on average as a bookkeeper and has no access to the boutique fashion firm's bank accounts, his lawyer said.

'Being such a small company, the chances of him being involved again is greatly reduced.'

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