Accountant Stole Thousands From AFC Fylde-Forcing Near Bankruptcy

AFC Fylde narrowly avoided bankruptcy after an accountant stole thousands of pounds to spend on cocaine and a sex cam model.

Andrew Barnbrook, from Bispham, Lancashire stole £240,000 from the football club to also fund online gambling, luxury gifts and a champagne lifestyle.

Barnbrook splashed out on shopping trips to Harrods and Chanel handbags for webcam model Victoria Sinclair, who he was paying £8 a minute for on her live webcam service.

Sinclair insisted their relationship was purely business, after admitting Barnbrook had blown between £50,000 and £70,000 on luxury goods for her.

The court also heard that The National League club only survived by borrowing money to stay afloat.

Stuart King, the chief operations officer for Tangerine Holdings, which owns the National League side, said AFC Fylde was only able to survive because it was part of a larger group and could borrow money.

He said: “The future of those employed by the business would have no doubt been dramatically affected, with AFC Fylde potentially going into liquidation and all those employees would have been left without a job had they not been able to borrow the money.”

Barnbrook, 38, who admitted theft, was jailed for 32 months.

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