A National Geographic documentary producer has avoided jail after spending more than £ 100,000 on online sex shows with a company card.
Mark Johann Insanally, 55, who worked with Bear Grylls, fraud previously admitted between October 2019 and November 2020, at Croydon Magistrates’ Court.
Insanally, from London, used a corporate credit card to access online pornography and used the adult website Chaturbate, an Inner London Crown Court hearing was held on Friday.
Insanally was working for Ventureland at the time, where his job as a producer was to organize production logistics which exceeded “millions of pounds,” prosecutor Peter Lancaster told the court.
From 2019 he is working on a documentary film project for the company, where he is “Charged with the credit card,” the judge said.
When the company’s accountant grew suspicious and asked Insanally, who was working on a National Geographic documentary, for receipts, he was told the money was intended to “access archival documents,” he said. said Mr Lancaster.
Mark Johann Insanally (pictured), 55, who worked on a National Geographic documentary, avoided jail after spending over £ 100,000 on online sex shows with a company card
The fraud continued and Insanally later said the money was for “research in the United States,” Lancaster said.
But when they were spotted again, he confessed to having an addiction to online pornography, especially adult chatrooms, and said he paid to watch sex shows.
Insanally spent more than £ 108,137 on a debit card, the court said. He left Ventureland in 2020 and the scam was discovered as the payments stopped.
“I am deeply sorry to those who trusted me,” Insanally wrote in a mitigating statement.
“I am embarrassed, ashamed and humiliated for letting my obnoxious behavior get out of hand,” he said.
A Ventureland victim impact statement read in court said the incident had “had a serious financial impact on the business and damage to the company’s reputation.”
Defense attorney Kieran Galvin, mitigating, said Insanally suffered from health issues such as diabetes and high blood pressure, that he lived with and cared for his sister.
He said his sister, who is homebound with heart disease, moved in with him after his nephew died, which had a “huge impact” on the family.
Mr Galvin added that Insanally had lost work as a result of the affair, but had started reconnecting with the industry to recover.
Prior to these criminal proceedings Insanally had an annual income of around £ 100,000 but is currently unemployed.
Holby City actor Jeremy Sheffield, who previously worked with him, gave Insanally a character reference statement, which was read out in court by Mr Galvin.
He said, “I can’t speak louder than anyone about Johann. I would entrust my life to him, he is a precious friend, a generous spirit and a gentle soul. ‘
Insanally (pictured with his lawyer) has spent more than £ 108,137 on a debit card, the court said. He left Ventureland in 2020 and the scam was discovered as payments stopped
Insanally began specialized therapy to help her overcome her sex addiction and come to terms with her homosexuality.
He received a 12-month prison sentence suspended for two years. He was ordered to undertake 15 days of re-education which the court learned he had already reserved.
He was also ordered to pay back £ 20,000 to Ventureland within 12 months and also had a curfew with an electronic tag until December 26.
Upon sentencing, Judge Gavin Millar said: “You have worked very successfully for the film production and festival industry. You already have good character and expressed remorse almost immediately. ‘
He added: “You’ve become addicted to Chaturbate. [The accountant] initially accepted your explanation that the payments were for archival footage he believed U.S. employees were getting.
But the judge admitted that being a man of his “generation and origins”, he had “no obvious way or language to be comfortable with his sexuality.”
The judge also said it would be the “right thing” for the industry to put Insanally back to work.
“You have a lot left to give and I hope the industry recognizes it and you reappear,” he added.
“I hope the therapy helps you. I hope you come to terms with your sexuality.
Insanally, who appeared in person at the hearing, responded from the platform: “Thank you.”