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Chorley FC accountant stole more than £70,000 from club
4:29pm Wednesday 9th January 2013 in Chorley
Chorley FC’s former accountant has admitted stealing more than £70,000 from club in a series of thefts and burglaries.
Philip Haslam, 26, of Weldbank Lane, Chorley pleaded guilty to three charges of theft and two of burglary when he appeared at Preston Crown Court last Friday.
Haslam pleaded guilty after indicating he would be denying the charges at earlier court hearings One of the thefts involved taking £6,000 belonging to Chorley Football Club black and white draw, between dates in March and September 2011. Another theft charge concerns nearly £41,000 belonging to Chorley Football Club.
The other theft involves more than £22,000 belonging to Chorley Sporting Club.
The burglaries involved Haslam entering Chorley FC’s social club in September 2011 and on one occasion, stealing £1,000 and on the other, £300 in cash.
Haslam was arrested in September 2011 after club officials noticed financial irregularities and called police.
The case has been adjourned for sentencing in several weeks time.
A pre-sentence report will be drawn up on him by the probation service.
Haslam was remanded on bail by Judge Heather Lloyd, provided he lives and sleeps at his given address. She told him: “All sentencing options, including custody, will be open to the sentencing judge.”