Former KVI Promo Staffer To Pay Restitution For Rigging Contest
August 2, 2010 at 4:38 AM (PT)
Former FISHER Talk KVI-A/SEATTLE promotions coordinator RYAN ELIZABETH KEELEY was ordered to pay $14,000 restitution at a rate of $50 minimum a month plus costs but will serve no jail time for rigging a contest to funnel prizes to friends, reports HEARST's SEATTLEPI.COM.
The case arose from a 2007 "Secret Listener Salute" contest for listeners in the station's loyalty club, awarding $1,000 to listeners who heard their name announced and called in within 30 minutes. The alleged scheme came to light after KEELEY left the station, when a "winner" was asked by KEELEY's replacement to turn in a W-9 tax form and he told her of the alleged rigging. Fourteen others were charged with second-degree theft in the case, but the charges were dismissed.
"I'm very sorry for what I did," KEELEY said to the judge at her sentencing. "Had drugs not been involved, I would have never made a decision like that, and I've been taking necessary steps prior to any of this to rectify that and start over."
"Clearly this matter has already damaged our reputation and credibility with the FCC, listeners and advertisers and within the community at-large," FISHER RADIO SEATTLE VP/GM JAMES CLAYTON wrote in a letter read by the judge. "The integrity of our radio contests depends in large part on our reputation for fairness and honesty. Ms. KEELEY's actions sought to damage those qualities."