Alfreton Town are to stand by Adam Smith after the Reds midfielder was convicted of defrauding retail giant TK Maxx out of £22,000.
The club released a statement on Thursday morning confirming that they will stand by Smith, who was sentenced at Derby Crown Court.
The hearing were given details of the events, as they heard that Smith bought hundreds of pounds worth of goods from a store on one credit card, only to tell the cashier he had paid on the wrong card.
He then had the amount refunded and pay for the goods on a second card, only to retain the original reciept and then claim the cash back.
The former York City winger pleaded guilty to the charge of fraudulently claiming £22,278.27 from the firm.
He was handed a two year jail-term, suspended for two years, and the Reds have now released a statement confirming their stance.
The statement read “Alfreton Town Football Club would like to comment on the events concerning Adam Smith.
Firstly, the club had no knowledge of Adam’s past activities thus the current contextual situation does not affect ATFC.
Adam has been fully co-operational in ATFC’s brief investigation which saw the Club meet with the player about the issue. Adam explained the details fully and showed great remorse over his actions which happened 13-14 months ago. Adam made clear that the events were far behind him and he has been grateful for a second chance at redeeming his career.
ATFC would also like to stress that the events which Adam was involved with took place when the player was not an Alfreton Town footballer, thus the club cannot comment on events which did not immediately or subsequently effect the club’s position and reputation. Therefore, it was agreed that ATFC support the player.
ATFC would also like to emphasise that the club does not support fraud or any kind of fraudulent activity, the Club will continue to support Adam through this period.
ATFC will be making no further statements on this issue”
Article: Mark Carruthers