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TV accountant swindled Doctor Who

By Western Daily Press  |  Posted: January 08, 2014

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A BBC accountant who pocketed tens of thousands of pounds from programme budgets of the hit sci-fi drama Doctor Who has been jailed for two years.

Oliver Ager, 35, of Rock Avenue, Nailsea, was working for BBC Wales on Doctor Who and medical drama Casualty when he swindled £80,000 from programme budgets.

Ager, who was dismissed from his job controlling programme budgets in October 2012, admitted 17 counts of fraud when he appeared before Cardiff Crown Court.

The court heard how the accountant paid back £30,000 of the money from his pension fund.

There was no order made in respect of the remaining sum. He will serve half the two-year term in prison before being released on licence.

The BBC launched a review of its cash processes following Ager's activities being brought to light.

A spokeswoman for BBC Wales said: "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 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."

BBC Wales said, on the advice of its lawyers in London, it was not prepared to disclose any further details of Ager's crimes.

Ager worked as a production accountant on Doctor Who for 20 episodes in 2007 and 2008, while David Tennant played The Doctor.

He then moved over to work in a similar capacity for Casualty on seven episodes between 2008 and 2012, during which period the programme moved its base from Bristol to Cardiff. He was also a director of an independent production company.

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