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Activision wins in 19,000 PR fraud case

Activision wins in 19,000 PR fraud case

Tue 23 Apr 2013 7:07am GMT / 3:07am EDT / 12:07am PDT
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Judge claims fraud cases are increasing in the PR industry

Activision UK has won a fraud case it brought against two PR specialists, one of which was the company's own senior manager of PR.

Blackfriars Crown Court heard how Activision's Kathryn Kirton stole 18,963 and spent it on holidays, clothing and parties. Co-defendant Jamie Kaye, consultant for Frank PR, stole 5000 and five iPads from the company, reports The Daily Mail.

Both pleaded guilty with Kirton this week sentenced to 18 month in prison, suspended for two years. Kaye was given a nine month sentence, suspended for 12 months.

In sentencing Judge John Hillen said: "You bought a large quantity of designer clothing. You spent time in luxury accommodation and you funded your engagement party through dishonest means. There was repeat dishonesty over a period of months. There is no doubt your wickedness deserves a severe sentence.

"In the world of PR you are surrounded by luxury items. That is reality for people working in that industry. What is surprising is that cases like this are happening more and more often in your industry. But this is not the place to explore the PR industry."

When approached by GamesIndustry International, Activision declined to comment.

4 Comments

Paul Johnson Managing Director / Lead code monkey, Rubicon Development

883 1,300 1.5
I think that about sums up our legal process. When a "severe sentence" equates to someone walking out of the courtroom. Not even a fine or a repayment order?

Posted:A year ago

#1

Adam Jordan Community Management/Moderation

113 65 0.6
UK justice system is a joke anyway. There was a court case a month or so ago where a husband and wife planned a house fire in order to get a bigger house from the council for them and their 6 children. Sadly all 6 children died within the fire, the husband got 17 years to life with 15 years without parole while the wife and the family friend that helped them with the fire got 17 years a piece.

Of course the above is more severe than stealing money but it's amazing that these people in law go through years of studying to have such power and then wash it down the drain with such a flimsy sentence.

Posted:A year ago

#2

Paul Jace Merchandiser

936 1,412 1.5
It's nice to see(even if only sarcastically) that the US isn't the only court room where criminals get slaped on the wrist for major offences.

Edited 1 times. Last edit by Paul Jace on 24th April 2013 12:52am

Posted:A year ago

#3

Brook Jones Programmer, United Front Games

15 16 1.1
Meh, it seems to me that the punishment fits the crime. GBP19K is basically a drop in the bucket for Activision, and pretty low on the scale of white-collar crime. It's still well into criminal territory, of course, but decidedly "petty" nonetheless. These two have already lost their jobs, severely hampered their own future careers (and SEO / Google-ability), and are probably a pretty low risk to reoffend, especially with a suspended sentence hanging over their heads. Perhaps they could be made to pay some (means-tested) restitution or serve community service, but a jail term would just delay their ability to return to being productive members of society AND would do so at public expense -- lose-lose for the taxpayer.

Posted:A year ago

#4

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