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Former Ofcom IT Head Behind Bars

Jurgen Whitehouse, the former IT head of UK telecom regulator Ofcom will be spending two and a half years in jail for stealing money from the organisation.

According to a report on Computer World (opens in new tab), Whitehouse had pleaded guilty last month for stealing £522,123 from Ofcom between July 2008 and April 2009.

The Southwark Crown Court awarded Whitehouse a shorter jail time because had already returned £473,590 of the stolen money.

Whitehouse started out at Ofcom as a systems manager at Ofcom in 2005 and was fired due to inappropriate use of IT equipment. Later, the regulator had discovered several unauthorised payments made to companies owned by Whitehouse.

“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,” Detective Constable Elliott Toms said in a statement.

"Today's sentence will hopefully serve as a deterrent to others who are similarly tempted to abuse their positions of responsibility." he added.

Whitehouse had earlier claimed that he was using his companies to purchase IT equipment and software licenses in order to save Ofcom some money.

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