Man jailed for defrauding football club


A former Birmingham City Football Club employee has today been sentenced to 18 months imprisonment for defrauding the club out of £45,019.97.

64-year-old Peter Smith was sentenced at Birmingham Crown Court after he had pleaded guilty to committing the fraud between December 2009 and April 2012.

Smith created employment records for his wife, daughter-in-law and a fictitious person in whose names wages were paid. His wife and daughter-in-law did no work for the club while receiving these wages.

Angela Millington, Senior Crown Prosecutor from West Midlands Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), said:

"Peter Smith was employed by Birmingham City Football Club as their Safety Officer, a job which involved the club putting a lot of trust in him as he had the responsibility of ensuring the safety and welfare of fans and club officials. However, Smith grossly exploited his position of trust and abused his senior position in order to dishonestly receive over £45,000 which was used to enrich himself and his family.

"Over a three year period, Smith and his family received payments for employees who he claimed had carried out work for the club. Following an internal investigation by the club, it transpired that work had never been done by his wife and daughter-in-law, and that the other name receiving payment was fictitious.

"He exploited the club's employment practices for greed and self-importance, but today he has paid the penalty for his abuse of the club's trust.     

"The CPS will now taking steps to recover the amount stolen."