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Second man sentenced in TV station fraud

The Local · 16 Feb 2012, 09:00

Published: 16 Feb 2012 09:00 GMT+01:00

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The 43-year-old former manager of the Kopp Film company was convicted of complicity in the €4.6 million bribery and embezzlement scandal that took place between 2005 and 2010. He is said to have submitted more than 60 false invoices to a trusted KiKa executive who would then pay the bills but keep a cut for himself.

The man was given a two-year suspended sentence and ordered to make a regular contribution to a cancer charity during his four years of probation. But the judge said the KiKa exec – sentenced last year to more than five years in prison – had been the real mastermind behind the scheme.

As a mitigating factor in the sentence, the judge cited the fact that the 43-year-old had gone to authorities to admit his crimes himself as he started feeling pressure from the exec to deepen the scale of the fraud.

He also noted that the manager of the now defunct film company had used much of the money he stole to help shore up his dying firm’s financial situation.

The financial scandal exposed huge gaps in the accounting practices of KiKa and its parent, public broadcaster MDR, that allowed the fraud to be perpetuated for years.

Last year, MDR’s head said the invoices has been so detailed that it was almost impossible for someone who hadn’t been directly involved in the channel’s production activities to spot the scheme.

He vowed to recover as much cash as possible and institute controls to prevent similar fraud in the future.

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Your comments about this article

12:15 February 16, 2012 by murka
OK, this is why the Kika programming is so awful. No money - no licenses for good shows (being currently bombarded every evening by Heidi and Laura's Stern).

Luckily there are such things as CBeebies, IPlayer and VPN.
13:40 February 16, 2012 by dbert4
Awful compared to what? You can't be of the opinion that Ami or Brit children's TV is better? I'll take the postion that Kika has high quality productions from which children can potentially learn.
18:24 February 16, 2012 by murka

It might depend on the age, but the prime time is currently stuffed with "Heidi" - an annoying Japanese caricature of German rural life made in 1975, and "Laura's star" - "an insult to the intelligence of children", see the review which I agree with: http://dvd.ciao.co.uk/Laura_s_Star__Review_5494613

Very rarely Kika shows a very good PBS (USA) production "Super why" which my kid loves and learns a lot from. BBC stuff does not get here, too expensive without all the stolen money?
04:07 February 17, 2012 by EricN13
Personally, I like "Bernd das Brot" Whenever I visit Germany, I stay awake at night just to watch the loop. Nothing sums it up like a loaf of depressed rye bread.
06:16 February 17, 2012 by Gretl
@murka - I don't have German cable, only SKY and AFN - is Superwhy in English? Or are they changing it into German?

@EricN13 - I have heard about Bernd das Bro and would like to see it. My kids think the concept is absurd, but they also watch a show about a yellow kitchen sponge.
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