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Former BBC officer convicted in Hong Kong

HONG KONG, Feb. 2 (UPI) -- A former BBC director was sentenced to 20 months in jail in Hong Kong for taking bribes from agents of firms that made toys for children's programs.

The BBC reported Monday Jeffrey Everard Taylor, former director of BBC Worldwide Ltd., pleaded guilty to the charges.

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The report said he accepted nearly $280,000 between 1999 and 2001 in return for supplying contracts to the companies.

Taylor was ordered to reimburse the money to the BBC subsidiary.

New Zealand-born Taylor was dismissed by BBC Worldwide in December 2001.

Similar 20-month sentences were given to Daniel Jonathan Berman, director of Eurasia Management Services Ltd, and his father-in-law, Sydney Eels.

They both pleaded guilty to offering the bribes out of a surcharge imposed on the toy suppliers.

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