Accountant stole nearly £250k from football club to fund webcam model obsession



Accountant stole nearly £250k from football club to fund webcam model obsession
An accountant who stole from a football club so he could lavish high-end gifts on a webcam glamour model has been jailed.



Andrew Barnbrook, 38, siphoned off nearly £250,000 from Lancashire's AFC Clyde into his own bank accounts for up to two and half years before his ruse was busted after he was sacked.


Preston Crown Court heard how Barnbrook became "infatuated" with Manchester webcam model Victoria Sinclair.

He spent between £50,000 and £70,000 on her, including splashing out on a £7,000 Chanel handbag, a Rolex watch and Armani goods on trips to plush Harrods in London.
He also paid towards a new car for Ms Sinclair - although their relationship was never physical, the court heard.

Fuelled by cocaine and alcohol, Barnbrook also enjoyed drinking in champagne bars and spent cash on other webcam models, even lending money to one.
Accountant stole nearly £250k from football club to fund webcam model obsession
Rachael Woods, defending, said: "He has committed an extremely foolish offence but a serious offence which will have long-term repercussions.

"Up until 2015 Mr Barnbrook had been living a pretty quiet and law abiding life

"He worked up to his position at the time in the accountancy profession and had been employed in that type of work since he was 17.

"Once he started using cocaine, a drug he could ill-afford on his salary, he began to steal money from the company in dribs and drabs, and then took more and more in larger amounts.

"In the midst of drug and drink dependency he became a completely different person and was isolated from family and friends.

"He became very lonely and formed a very ill-advised relationship with Ms Sinclair.

"Mr Barnbrook became infatuated with her.

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