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Activision UK wins fraud case

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Activision UK won a case against a former PR executive and a consultant from Activision's external PR company, Frank PR, for siphoning company funds, according the Daily Mail.

Both defendants pleaded guilty to one count of fraud. Activision PR executive Kathryn Kirton admitted to taking total of £18,963 British pounds, approximately $28,939.43, which was spent on clothes, a hen party, an engagement party and a two night getaway.

Frank PR consultant Jamie Kaye admitted to taking a total of £5,000. The amount consisted of taking six iPads from his employer and intended to charge a Florida holiday, to the amount of approximately £3,500 on the company credit card as a company travel expense.

The purchases were made in 2010 "over a period of months," and uncovered in 2011 by investigators after Activision became suspicious of the payments.

Kirton received an 18 month sentence suspended for two years and Kaye received a nine month sentence, suspended for 12 months and is also ordered to 80 hours of unpaid work.

Kirton's defense, Sarah Elliott, said that her client was carried away by the PR lifestyle and Judge John Hillen stated that in those in the world of PR are surrounded by luxury items.

"That is reality for people working in that industry," he said. "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."