Former KVI Employee Rigged Contest
April 16, 2008 at 5:37 AM (PT)
A former FISHER COMMUNICATIONS employee rigged a Talk KVI-A/SEATTLE promotion so her friends would win $1,000 prizes with her taking part of the winnings, a company human resources manager told police. SEATTLEPI.COM reports that during the promotion, which ran from FEBRUARY 6th to MARCH 7th, 2007, broadcasters read the names of registered listeners and told them they would win $1,000 if they called the station.
The suspected employee, in her mid-20s, had her friends register as listeners then told them when to listen, according to a SEATTLE police report.
Her bosses told police they were unaware of the situation until they contacted winners as part of their annual tax preparations, and a SEATTLE man tipped them off to the scam.
FISHER's human resources manager told a police officer the company had contacted the FCC and staff was advised to file a police report. The manager gave police copies of documents they used to track contest winners.
In a prepared statement, FISHER RADIO said they "recently discovered improprieties might have occurred in a station promotional contest as a result of actions by a former employee," and said further comment about the police matter could hinder the investigation.