'Porridge' for Fleishman Hillard PR execs

On the topic of personal PR disasters that’re also bad for business and the entire PR industry…For those PR’s not deterred by the prospect of appearing in ‘Public Relations Disasters’ (Vol 2), the thought of jail (albeit low security) should be a stronger deterrent. In a final wash-up from the LADWP overbilling scandal, ex-newspaper editor and marine, Doug Dowie was sentenced to 42 months for conspiracy and wire fraud charges. Judge Feess condemned Dowie’s cynicism, while co-accused John Stodder Jnr accepted wrongdoing and copped 15months. Another FH exec Steve Sugerman had already ‘got’ 3 years probation. The firm’s email trail seemed especially damning with questions over how much they could ‘pad’ client bills. Thanks to Tim Otis for his linked post.

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