North Wilts and District Minor Football League bosses admit fraud

Two women who ran one of the country's largest youth football leagues have pleaded guilty to fraud.

The North Wiltshire and District Minor League runs organised football for seven to 18-year-olds, with 360 teams competing across 40 divisions.

Treasurer Karen Prictor and secretary Margaret Rivers, from Swindon, admitted defrauding the league over five years.

The amount taken is in dispute, with prosecutors stating it is about £200,000 and the defence £60,000.

'Best run leagues'

Caroline Black, the former secretary of Old Town United Football Club in Swindon, said she was "staggered" and "disgusted" by the pair's actions.

"It makes me feel sick as a representative of a youth football club - and I say that for all the other clubs that are members of the North Wilts league and have been over the years - it's absolutely staggering," Mrs Black said.

"The league itself was supposedly one of the best-run leagues in the country and I was proud to be associated with it. I had no idea that these two women could have bowed so low."

The fraud took place between November 2009 and July 2013.

Prictor, of Beverly, Toothill, Swindon, also admitted forging false bank statements and auditors' reports.

The pair were in the dock with their husbands who were both accused of possessing criminal property.

Andrew Rivers, of Ramleaze Drive, Swindon, admitted the charge while Kevin Prictor pleaded not guilty.

Mr Prictor will stand trial at a later date while the other three await sentencing.

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