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September 26, 2014

Suit Alleges $2-Million Embezzlement by Ex-PBS Official

A former executive with PBS's video-distribution arm has been accused in a lawsuit of stealing more than $2-million from the public broadcasting network, The Boston Globe reports. The suit by PBS's insurance company claims Christopher C. Morris deposited more than 200 checks meant for the nonprofit broadcaster into a private account while serving as finance director of Public Media Distribution.

The accusation came to light in a federal suit filed Monday by the Federal Insurance Company against Citizens Bank, which the insurer contends should have been aware of the alleged fraud. Mr. Morris worked for Public Media Distribution, a revenue-generating joint venture of PBS and Boston public TV's WGBH Educational Foundation, until 2012, according to the suit. The company, which distributes DVD of PBS shows, declined to provide more information about his employment.