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Oldham Athletic Fan's Trust financial director jailed for fraud

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Trust Oldham’s finance director has been jailed for 18 weeks after pleading guilty to six counts of fraud and theft.

Mike Nuttall wrote six cheques from the Trust’s account between March 2011 and May 2012, which were of a fraudulent nature, totalling £2,425. 

Nuttall forged the signature of Trust Oldham’s director Barry Owen, and then countersigned it with his own. Amongst the six cheques one was even sent to Nuttall's mother. When Owen discovered the deceit, he reported it to the police.

The Trust was set up in 2003 when former Latics owner Chris Moore left the League One club in dire financial straits. The group was formed to save the club from liquidation and members paid £200,000 for a three per cent stake. 

Speaking in Nuttall's defence, Leveene Hill said her client had hoped to get a £1,200 tax rebate in 2011 (though didn’t) and had not been taking anti-depressant medication-

“That, along with not wanting to let his business partner and customers down, led to him taking money from the business."

But Judge Khalid Qureshi scorned Nuttall for taking money from, hard working, trusting fans.

“The victims are anybody who goes to Oldham Athletic Football Club regularly and wants to see the club thrive. This is not an example of extreme financial pressure. That tax rebate did not materialise and he started to steal, effectively.” He said.

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