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Ex-WHYY staffer charged in billing scam

A former production manager at WHYY-TV Philadelphia has been charged by
federal authorities with involvement in a phony telemarketing-billing scam
authorities call "shipping air."

Authorities said that while Harold M. Parsons worked for the station, he
approved fake bills from a supply firm that totaled more than $200,000 in
exchange for about $60,000 in payoffs.

Parsons was one of 22 people and three companies indicted by
Philadelphia-based federal authorities in alleged billing scams last week.