The Crown Prosecution Service says it will now take steps to recover the money stolen by the former Safety Officer at Birmingham City Football Club.
Angela Millington Senior Crown Prosecutor from West Midlands Crown Prosecution Service said the club had put a lot of trust in Peter Smith.
Smith grossly exploited his position of trust and abused his senior position in order to dishonestly receive over £45,000 which was used to enrich himself and his family.Over a three year period, Smith and his family received payments for employees who he claimed had carried out work for the club.
Following an internal investigation by the club, it transpired that work had never been done by his wife and daughter-in-law, and that the other name receiving payment was fictitious.
She added Smith had exploited the club’s employment practices for greed and self-importance but today he had paid the penalty for his abuse of the club’s trust.
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