Even Activision’s Own PR Team Steals From It
Activision is no newcomer to legal issues. In fact, they’re always in court. Whether it’s over music debates, with Guitar Hero, or something silly with public relations–they’re there.
The latest reason was because two PR specialists for the company, one of which was the senior manage of PR at the company, stole roughly R338,000. Kathryn Kirton, the employee, tried to get away with £18,963, which was spent on clothing, holidays and parties. Co-defendant, Jamie Kaye from Frank PR stole £5,000 and five iPads from the company.
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Both parties pleaded guilty, where Kirton was sentenced to 18 months in prison, suspended for two years. Kaye was sentenced to nine months in prison, suspended for 12 months.
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.”
What’s next? Has the world come to the point where you cannot even trust your own PR team?