'SECRETS OF NEW YORK' EXEC FRAUD
THE chief operating officer of award-winning NYC-TV played a starring role yesterday in his own law-and-order drama when he was arrested for allegedly siphoning more than $60,000 from the station, authorities said.
Trevor Scotland, 38, former No. 2 exec at NYC-TV, which operates city-owned Ch. 25, was charged with pocketing advertising money that should have gone to the city.
Officials said Scotland kept 80 percent of the more than $60,000 that came in between March 2007 and April 2008, while a cohort pocketed 20 percent.
The money came from at least six advertisers, including Miller Brewing Co.
Scotland, who lives in Brooklyn and joined the city station in 2004, resigned last month. He had earned $99,000.
He was charged with one count of conspiracy to commit federal wire fraud, which carries a maximum sentence of 20 years upon conviction.
Scotland was a producer of Ch. 25's best-known show "Secrets of New York," about hidden spots in the city and hosted by Kelly Choi, who always appeared in a black, floor-length slicker raincoat.
Investigators said they are working with the department that oversees NYC-TV to "strengthen internal controls."
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