Tuesday 1st August, 2017
A former contracts manager has been jailed for three years for stealing more than £155,000 from the BBC to support a lavish lifestyle.
He had been employed by the BBC from 2006 to 2011 and was promoted to the role of Contracts Manager in 2009. His role was to award contracts to organisations for a variety of work on the BBC estate.
Shortly after his promotion, he created a company called Sentinal Services, which listed himself as the director and began awarding work to his own firm.
Sentinal Services invoiced the BBC on 12 occasions for works that had not been carried out to the total value of £155,451.68.
In 2015 the BBC carried out an internal financial audit and uncovered what they believed was a fraud committed by a former employee.
Detective Constable Andy Chapman, who led the investigation, said: "Richardson knowingly and intentionally took public money to support his lifestyle of cars and a number of family holidays.
"The length of the sentence Richardson has received reflects the high value of the fraud and the fact that the money was taken from the BBC, a broadcaster funded by the public."
He pleaded guilty to one count of fraud by abuse of position.