IT head at Ofcom sent down for £522,123 fraud


IT head at Ofcom sent down for £522,123 fraud

Kathleen Hall

A former IT head at Ofcom has been sentenced to two years for defrauding the communications regulator more than half a million pounds.

Jurgen Whitehouse, 37, of Exeter Road, Welling, Kent, had previously pleaded guilty at Southwark Crown Court on 10 May to one count of fraud where he admitted to abusing his senior position in IT to defraud his employer Ofcom £522,123, between July 2008 and April 2009. Whitehouse has subsequently repaid a large percentage of this amount back.

Investigating Officer Detective Constable Elliott Toms of the unit said: "This was a premeditated and calculated fraud on a public body which was conducted over a prolonged period. He exploited his expert knowledge of systems in place at OFCOM in order to steal in excess of half a million pounds. This sentence will hopefully serve as a deterrent to others who are similarly tempted to abuse their positions of responsibility."

The allegation was first reported to police on 17 March 2010 by the Financial Controller of OFCOM. Following an investigation by the Metropolitan Police Service's Economic and Specialist Crime Unit, Whitehouse was arrested on 29 June 2010 and subsequently charged in February this year.

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