Ex-Circ Chief Jailed, Must Pay $300K to Newspaper Company

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By: E&P Staff

A former circulation manager for Sentinel Newspapers in Prince George?s County, Md., was ordered Friday to pay $300,000 restitution to the newspaper company and will serve 15 years of jail time for aggravated theft, reported Gazette.net, the Web site for The Gazette, a publisher of several weekly Maryland newspapers.

Akitunde S. Bambiduro, was found guilty last month of aggravated theft for stealing $287,000 from the Sentinel Newspapers, owner of the Montgomery County (Md.) Sentinel and The Prince George?s (Md.) Sentinel.

According to the Gazette, as the circulation manager of the Prince George?s Co. office, Bambiduro signed checks to friends who he claimed were delivering the newspapers, which they were not. Instead, Bambiduro deposited the checks and then transferred the money to his own account, also reimbursing himself for postage, said the article.

Bambiduro claimed that he was trying to save the Sentinel money by delivering the papers himself, said the Gazette, but the paper?s print numbers did not correspond to his print orders.

According to the Gazette, Bambiduro?s scheme took place over three years.

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