Former ABC Manager Jailed over $600,000 Fraud

A former ABC manager has been jailed for a maximum eight years for defrauding the broadcaster of more than half a million dollars.

Mark John Williams, 51, was operations manager in the ABC's news division when, over a period of two years from November 2002, he embezzled around $600,000.

Parramatta District Court was told that with the assistance of a co-accused, Peter Bell, Williams siphoned the money by issuing false invoices.

He also forged credit card signatures and used petty cash and taxi vouchers.

Williams, of Newport, pleaded guilty to the charges.

Judge Mark Marien jailed Williams for eight years, with a non-parole period of four years and nine months.

He will be eligible for parole in April 2012.

Bell, a Melbourne company director, was jailed for at least three years and 10 months, with a maximum six years and six months for his role.

He was also ordered to pay reparations of $248,088 to the ABC, while Williams owes $357,329.

Bell will be eligible for release in May 2011.

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