(TNS) — A man accused of stealing about $700,000 from the city of Fort Worth through a phishing email scam was sentenced on Wednesday to 12 years in prison.

Judge Scott Wisch on Wednesday sentenced Gbenga Fadipe, who had pleaded guilty to theft of property greater than $300,000, in 372nd District Court.

A fired senior city IT manager alleged in a lawsuit that the city mishandled the Fadipe theft and other security breaches. William Birchett asserted that he was forced out of his job in retaliation for reporting the technology troubles he discovered. The disposition of the lawsuit was not clear on Thursday, although it appeared the case was under consideration in the Court of Appeals for the 5th District of Texas.


In October 2017, the city’s accounts payable department received a change of account request, according to an arrest warrant affidavit supporting Fadipe’s arrest. The…

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