A GOALKEEPER who played a pivotal role in a £71,000 banking scam has been jailed for two years.
Former Wakefield FC and ex Man City youth star Ashley Timms became involved in the plot to defraud financial institutions after getting out of jail for blackmailing a Premiership footballer.
He earned £71,000 from the scam and lived an extravagant lifestyle.
Leeds Crown Court heard today (Friday) how he had links to criminals in Nigeria who tricked bank customers into revealing their account details via an email scam.
Prosecutor Simon Kealey said the funds were either cashed or loaded onto pre-pay credit cards to buy goods. It was also laundered through gaming machines at Ladbrokes.
Timms, of Woodlands Village, Portobello, admitted conspiracy to defraud and conspiracy to launder money.
Fellow Wakefield FC players Matt Torbitt, 20, and Connor Glavin, 19, also admitted their roles in the plot.
Torbitt, of Newton Drive, Altrincham, admitted conspiracy to defraud. He benefitted to the tune of £9,000 from his criminal activities .
He was jailed for 12 months but the sentence was suspended for a year. He must complete 180 hours of community work.
Glavin admitted the money laundering charge and was given a 12-month community order with a 120-hour unpaid work requirement.
The court heard that Torbitt and Glavin, the son of former Wakefield FC manager and Barnsley player Ronnie Glavin, were both of previous good character.
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