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Music PR found guilty of fraud

By | Published on Thursday 8 September 2011

The Cult PR

Music PR Shelley Tomes pleaded guilty on Tuesday to three counts of fraud by false representation following previously reported allegations made by entertainment PR agency The Cult.

Now running her own company, Fresh Milk PR, where a key client is Alan McGee, Tomes was a partner at The Cult during summer 2010. According to PR Week, she defrauded £4600 from the agency during that time (and not shortly after leaving the agency, as we previously reported). Having been found guilty of the charges at Highbury Corner Magistrates’ Court this week she will be sentenced on 27 Sep.

Tomes told PR Week that she was keen to put a difficult year behind her and to focus on her clients, while thanking friends for their support and wishing The Cult PR the “best of luck for the future”.

The Cult PR co-founder Matt Glass said: “We trusted a friend and gave her the opportunity to further her career as part of a well-respected PR company. Unfortunately, Tomes used that opportunity to fraudulently take money from our company. For the past year, she has denied any wrongdoing but, on the eve of the fourth scheduled court hearing, has finally accepted she is guilty”.



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