A CLUB treasurer in Nottinghamshire has been jailed for nine months for syphoning thousands of pounds from Bingham CC's accounts.
Evidence at Nottingham Crown Court disclosed that Matthew Boocock, 34, failed to deposit significant sums of the club's money into its account between 2005 and 2007. He then submitted false financial year-end reports to the club's management committee. In January, 2007, he transferred £2,750 from the club into his own account. Checks later revealed that the Bingham bank account showed only £189, although Boocock's most recent report claimed it had a balance of £4,872.
Boocock, a financial adviser of Wetherill Close, Claypole, near Newark, admitted three counts of false accounting and one of fraud by abuse of position.
This sort of crime can be very serious. Bedford Town CC were forced to fold a couple of years ago after a club official absconded with funds. Malden Wanders, Cockspur Cup finalists, were similarly affected in 1932 when they were robbed of £1,000, a considerable sum. The club only surived because they had some spare land to sell.