Trial of former football bar manager opens [South Wales Evening Post (Wales)]
(South Wales Evening Post (Wales) Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) THE former bar manager of Llanelli AFC has gone on trial accused of falsifying bar records to cover up stealing funds from the club.
David Stanlake denies five offences of false accounting during his time as bar manager of the social club.
Prosecuting barrister Jim Davis said it was not possible to calculate how much had been taken but said in one week in January, there were discrepancies of more than Pounds 400 with discrepancies on every day of the week.
The charges relate to specific dates between January and February 2011. Mr Davis said these were sample charges and the prosecution allege the thefts had been taking place since September 2010 through to April 2011.
In his opening of the case to the jury at Swansea Crown Court, Mr Davis said Stanlake, aged 30 of Penyfan Road in Llanelli, had been appointed bar manager in June 2010 and was in charge of staffing, stock levels and banking.
Every week he would take a printout from the tills a list of takings. He would then copy that amount into a ledger book.
Every Monday he was then required to submit a second report -- called a bar records form -- to the club's management.
Although the amounts from the till and the ledger matched, the prosecution say Stanlake had falsified the amounts he had written on the bar records form to say less money was being taken on the bar than actually was.
The alarm was raised by the club's then overall manager, Nigel Richards, in August 2011, who had become worried after seeing no takings being banked for six consecutive weeks.
We were in the middle of a recession and we seemed to be struggling but we had had a particuarly busy summer as we had played European football, he told the court.
He said he despite that game and a game against Manchester United reserves, he initially blamed the recession for the downturn but when he looked into the finances he realised money was missing.
Mr Davis said: It's right to say that the standard of recordkeeping and management supervision at the club was poor.
We say the under-reporting of sales in the club can only have been done with one purpose and that's to try and cover thefts that were taking place on a routine and systematic basis, said Mr Davis.
He added: It's right to say that perhaps the management of the club shouldn't have been relying just on this report but should have been checking the ledger as well. That wasn't happening and we suggest the defendant took advantage of that.
Stanlake was suspended in September 2011 after claiming in a disciplinary meeting with his employers that the discrepancies were down to mistakes but said he could not explain how it had happened. He denied acting dishonestly.
The club was wound up in April this year.
The trial continues.
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