Charges Filed In Seattle Contest Case
February 3, 2010 at 4:28 AM (PT)
The KING COUNTY Prosecutor's Office has brought first degree theft charges against a former FISHER Talk KVI-A/SEATTLE promotions coordinator, and 14 others were charged with second degree theft for their roles in allegedly rigging a contest so her friends could win prizes and kick some of the money back to her. RYAN ELIZABETH KEELEY was charged TUESDAY in the case, which arose from irregularities in a "Secret Listener Salute" contest for listeners in the station's loyalty club.
HEARST's SEATTLEPI.COM reports that KEELEY has been accused of selecting friends to win a promotion in 2007 in which selected members of the station's loyalty club and others in a database created by DIRECT MARKETING RESULTS were given 30 minutes to call in and win $1,000. The alleged scheme came to light after the woman left the station, when a "winner," ALLEN EDWARD CHAPMAN, was asked by the woman's replacement to turn in a W-9 tax form and he told her of the alleged rigging. CHAPMAN, his former girlfriend JULIE ANNE BERGSTROM, and a man who worked at their cafe, JARON JOHNSON, a friend of KEELEY's, are among the 14 charged with second-degree theft in the case.
Others charged, according to the P-I, include LINDSEY LINNAE AUCKLAND, JUSTIN WAYNE DEVER, JESSICA LYN DICKASON, JOSHUA ALLEN STRINGFELLOW, JENNA N. DEROSA, MATTHEW PETER GUNDERSEN, JASON MATTHEW JUHL, KYLE EDWARD J. LASICKA, AUSTIN M. LEMMING, and LUCAS DEAN WOODY.