Activision PR manager took $29k from Call of Duty budget

Funds from the Call of Duty: Black Ops launch event were used to pay for luxury shopping trips, holidays, iPads, and a bachelorette party.

An ex-Activision PR manager in the UK has been convicted of defrauding the company out of £18,963 (approximately $29,000) and spending the funds on multiple shopping sprees, a luxury hotel break, and a bachelorette party.

Former senior manager of PR at Activision UK Kathryn Kirton took the money from the budget of 2010's Call of Duty: Black Ops London launch event, which took place in Battersea power station. She was aided by Frank PR consultant Jamie Kaye, who also admitted to taking £5,000. Kaye spent the money on six iPads and a £3,500 holiday to Florida.

Blackfriars Crown Court was told (via the Daily Mail) by Kirton's defence that she was entranced by the "glamorous and luxurious" world of public relations.

Kirton attempted to clear the purchases through Activision's finances by getting Kaye to pay for them on a company credit card. She then approved the expense claims.

The purchases were made over multiple months in 2010, and were discovered in 2011 when Activision investigated the case further.

Both Kirton and Kaye avoided prison, with Kirton being sentenced for 18 months with a suspended sentence of two years. Kaye was given a nine month sentence suspended for 12 months, and was also ordered to perform 80 hours of unpaid work.

During the sentencing, Judge John Hiller 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."

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247 comments
ANUBISZER0
ANUBISZER0

Should have done like everybody else, Booze and Strippers.

deliman
deliman

What the fuck do you need 6 ipads for?

Rattlesnake_8
Rattlesnake_8

How did they manage to get caught and yet still get away with it? Ridiculous.

daabulls23
daabulls23

The judge said he would give a harsh sentence. I'd like to see his light sentences. "You stole a TV, so that's a $50 fine."



daabulls23
daabulls23

Should've been fired on the spot. Unreal.

petez34
petez34

That money was supposed to go to favorable review scores. Expect to see a lot of 4's and 5's come November.

HasH101
HasH101

So what, it was money from a launch event,meaning it would have been spent on booze and other entertainment anyway. and what is 29k to them in the bigger scheme of things...COD wasn't going to get any better with that money.

SIDEFX1
SIDEFX1

Still.. She would be regretting it now..

SIDEFX1
SIDEFX1

Activision has it's own terrorist insiders.. 

lilflipp
lilflipp

And then Activision grossed $1 billion in 15 days with Black Ops 2, made $500 millions in 24 hours at retail.

Meaningless 29k, but theft none the less.

Blurry85
Blurry85

Good to see some people have to make this about the sexual identity of the person involved.............

DaDizzel
DaDizzel

I knew when I was playing it felt that it needed around 30k more in development to make it better.

zamolxe
zamolxe

"she was entranced by the "glamorous and luxurious" world of public relations"

... and that's why you shouldn't put women in positions of discretionary power.

VisualPendulum
VisualPendulum

Funny comment I saw at IGN's boards: "Why wouldn't Activision want that $29,000 back? That's the budget for the next Call of Duty."

X-RS
X-RS

No doubt I'm ignorant, but it sounds more like this once it reaches my brain =S

"Sum mofos took 30K of ur kids cash n spent it on sh*t"

Salehjamal
Salehjamal

29k is peanuts for that this franchise is making.. Not justifying the fraud though.

HiImUPSMan
HiImUPSMan

Lulz. Lulz. Lulz.

Good Thing i stopped caring about Cod after mw2.

garcia_jx
garcia_jx

Blue Collar criminals are the worst thieves.

Lord_Mantis
Lord_Mantis

If I stole $30,000 I'd probably get put away for life...

Flexanite
Flexanite

Stealing almost $30,000 = 18 months

Illegally downloading a $10.00  CD = 2 years and $150,000 fine

lol


I guess the consequences depend on if you are Upper class, or hard working middle class.

We always get the shaft.

Sahle123
Sahle123

What a waste of money... I understand taking it if you're in desperate need, but six ipads, shopping sprees and holiday breaks are just beyond irresponsible and disrespectful... Whatever they have coming, they deserve it.

berserker66666
berserker66666

Activision's been stealing from us from day one. No surprise they're doing it internally.

Hoski0999
Hoski0999

Crooks at Activision?!  Nah can't be......

bigtuna001
bigtuna001

dumbass only the government can do that and get away with it

lilflipp
lilflipp

@daabulls23 Sad part is that she actually deserved that money. Her work broke record sales for any videogame.

PyschoHunter
PyschoHunter

@HasH101 its not about how much, its about them taking money that wasn't theirs if they were given that money instead it wouldn't matter but they stole it sure 29K to how much the game made is little to nothing but if its 29K today how much will it be tomorrow ?

moodyfoo
moodyfoo

@Flexanite actually that 150 000$ fine is only for those who makes lots of copies and re-sell them to make a profit. you won't get arrested and or fined for personnel use

ShadowOfKratos
ShadowOfKratos

@Flexanite 

I guess their logic is that poor people hide their millions alot better than the rich...

** Eye-rolls **

leviathanwing
leviathanwing

@Sahle123 uhhh... read the article at least.  and also stealing is stealing the law should see it no other way.

RobDev
RobDev

@berserker66666 What have they stolen from you. Maybe you should have informed the police. Now if you mean you BOUGHT a PRODUCT off them that you didn't like or repeatedly did so that's more stupidity than stealing.

wasakawaka
wasakawaka

Ha she shut that down pretty quick!

Sahle123
Sahle123

@leviathanwing @Sahle123 uhhh... read my comment carefully. I am supporting exactly what you said. -_-