Top music PR adviser Shelley Tomes stands accused of fraud

A PR consultant whose clients include the man who discovered Oasis has been charged with defrauding her former agency.

Former Oasis manager: a client of the accused (Rex)
Former Oasis manager: a client of the accused (Rex)

Shelley Tomes has been charged by the Crown Prosecution Service with three counts of 'fraud by false representation' against her former employer, understood to be music and entertainment agency The Cult PR.

Tomes, 32, is due at Highbury Corner Magistrates Court on 28 June. The allegations relate to an incident on 4 October 2010 and Tomes is charged with fraud against a 29-year-old woman.

Tomes worked as a partner at The Cult PR between June and September 2010. She now runs her own agency Fresh Milk PR and was appointed by Creation Records founder and the man who discovered Oasis Alan McGee earlier this month.

On her appointment, McGee said of Tomes: 'Shelley is great, she is completely not corporate and we get each other.'

While running Creation Records, McGee launched the careers of bands such as Primal Scream and Oasis.

Tomes' work for McGee includes maintaining his profile, while exploring new avenues for further profile development.

She initially worked with McGee during the launch of documentary Upside Down: The Creation Records Story, which reached number two in the DVD charts.

Tomes was formerly an events manager and assistant to the CEO at Shortlist Media. Last July, Shortlist Media appointed The Cult PR to handle press for the Stylist and ShortList brands, which have almost a million readers between them. The agency completed working for the publisher in September.

At the time Cult PR partner Matt Glass said: 'ShortList magazine has already gained more than its fair share of media voice and we're determined to take this much further over the next year.'

Former Creation Records supremo Alan McGee
McGee's film, Upside Down - The Creation Records Story
Top record label Sony Music
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