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Former Tampa Tribune Employee Accused of Fraud

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - A former Tampa Tribune employee and his wife
have been charged with bilking the paper's parent company out of
more than $1 million over a period of 10 years.

The Secret Service says Charles and Lynda Wilson set up a fictitious collection agency while he worked as a credit manager for the newspaper. Charles Wilson was responsible for collecting
debts from advertisers.

Authorities say the couple used the shell agency to bill Media General Inc., and diverted refunds intended for advertisers into their own account. The Wilsons turned themselves in on Thursday.

The couple has been charged with conspiracy to commit mail fraud.

Their attorney did not immediately respond to a message left by The Associated Press.

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