A football club accountant stole £ 250,000 to fund a ‘Pretty Woman’ style romance with a glamorous model he had fallen in love with.
Andrew Barnbrook, 37, shopped at Harrods, Chanel handbags and champagne bars with webcam girl Victoria Sinclair.
The model, who has more than 50,000 Instagram followers, insisted their relationship was purely commercial, after admitting that Barnbrook spent between £ 50,000 and £ 70,000 on luxury goods for her.
He also paid £ 8 a minute for his live webcam services, a court has heard.
Barnbrook, from Bispham, was working as CFO for AFC Fylde on the semi-professional side when he transferred £ 239,900 to his personal bank account, LancsLive reports.
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Sentencing judge Andrew Jeffries QC said: “You put the money in your nose, drank in champagne bars, you befriended a live sex webcam model, you him bought lavish gifts and paid for his time. “
On January 5, 2018, Barnbrook’s financial misdeeds came to light when he was suspended from his job at the club.
Examination of his bank accounts revealed that he had wasted thousands on online gambling, cocaine and a champagne lifestyle.
In a victim impact statement, Stuart King, COO of Tangerine Holdings, owner of AFC Fylde, said the club were only able to stay afloat because they were part of a larger group. important and could borrow money to plug the hole in the accounts. .
He said: “The future of those employed by the company would undoubtedly have been dramatically affected, with AFC Fylde potentially going into liquidation and all of these employees would have been left out of work had they not been able to borrow money. money. “
Barnbrook pleaded guilty to theft through abuse of position and was jailed for 32 months.
Speaking after making his case, AFC Fylde president David Haythornthwaite said he had been building the club since the 1990s.
He said: “This case exposed the flaws in our systems that allowed Mr Barnbrook to take so much money without being challenged.
“It was a great wake-up call for us and unfortunately there were internal casualties as a result of his actions.
“The sad thing is that the only person who has benefited from all of this is a call girl from Manchester and someone we have absolutely no legal right to get the money from.”
A proceeds of crime hearing will be held in due course.