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Fleetwood owner receives lengthy jail sentence after being convicted of fraud offences

Fleetwood Town owner Andy Pilley receives a lengthy jail sentence on Tuesday afternoon after being convicted of fraud offences.

The 53 year old, who is former CEO and Chairman of the League One club, has been jailed for 13 years having been found guilty of fraudulent trading, fraud by false representation, and being involved in the proceeds of fraudulently mis-sold energy contracts.

PlanetRadio report that the fraud involved a network of interconnected companies that misled small businesses across the UK into signing long-term energy contracts from 2014 to 2016 with a number of children’s charities, guest houses and companies supporting disabled people among the victims having been mis-sold contracts including false or misleading statements over contract length, price, and competitor rates.

Pilley, who has been the chairman and owner of Fleetwood since 2003 and has oversaw their rise from non league to the EFL, also owns League of Ireland First Division club Waterford.

The Cod Army has issued the following statement: “Fleetwood Town Football Club acknowledges the sentencing in the court case involving former club chairman, Andy Pilley.

“The club would like to reiterate convictions are against individuals and not Fleetwood Town FC, or any of the businesses associated with them, and will continue to operate as normal.

“Fleetwood Town remain in communication with the EFL in relation to the implications of the convictions and will now be making an application to the League in relation to a change of control the club will make no further comment at this time.”

Waterford wrote: “Waterford Football Club acknowledges the sentencing in the court case involving owner Andy Pilley.

“The club would like to reiterate convictions are against individuals and not Waterford FC, or any of the businesses associated with them, and will continue to operate as normal.

“The club will make no further comment at this time.”

Fleetwood take on Waterford in a pre-season friendly just hours after Pilley is found guilty.

Fleetwood previously said in recent months:

19 May 2023

Fleetwood Town Football Club acknowledges the verdict in the court case involving club Chairman, Andy Pilley.

The Chairman would like to reassure supporters the club will continue to operate as normal. Today’s verdicts will not affect the running or future of Fleetwood Town Football Club.

The club is already in talks with the EFL regarding the next steps and will be making no further comment at this time.

Following news of a verdict in a court case involving Andy Pilley, the club would like to issue the following update.

Fleetwood Town would like to reassure supporters the Club will continue to operate as normal and there will be no risk to the future of the club.

The Club’s Senior Management Team and directors have been planning for a number of months for the event of a verdict of this nature.

26 May 2023

Fleetwood Town can confirm Andy Pilley has stepped down as Chairman and Director of the club.

Steve Curwood, who has been the Club’s CEO for 15 years, will be appointed Interim Chairman with current Vice Chairman Phil Brown to join the board as a Director.

The Club have this week entered discussions with the EFL in relation to requirements surrounding a change of ownership and control.

The Club would also like to clarify there will be no other changes to the board before the planned change of ownership.

In the meantime, the Club will continue to operate business as usual and will make a further announcement in due course.

As mentioned at the top of the article, the Fleetwood owner receives a lengthy jail sentence of 13 years after being convicted of fraud offences

@therealBennoooo: That stand will look good in the Unibond.

@alexaspinallbfc: Enjoy northwest counties div 2 👋

@claytonendbt: You can distance yourselves from that crook all you want… we all know that you’ve been bankrolled by fraudulent money!

@ASFCPlayers: Flog em back to Non League, where they would be, had Andy Pilley not money laundered money that helped them reach League One.

@dgreenwood1977: Financially backed by a fraudster and money launderer… what’s the punishment @EFL

@__Matty10: Did wonder where they got their money from

@thatmonokid: Absolutely delighted. Morgage job on successive relegations for these frauds now.

@cleveleysnews:
Andy Pilley was very silly
His business plan was flawed
Lies were told, energy mis-sold,
He committed large-scale fraud.
A jury of peers gave him 13 years
Now he’s locked in his cell knowing
if he’d had half a brain
he’d be living in Spain
with his fellow criminal, Owen.

@fairspearian: still easily pass the fit and proper persons test for football club ownership….

@ChrisLukeJones: Good, hope Fleetwood take captain Pugwash back to non league

@BenBerry93: Now do Ron Martin 🙏🏻

@AndrewCaldecot8: Wow unbelievable

@claytonendbt: Throw away the key!!!

@JackHolland23: HMS North West Counties 🚢

@stuartashton2: Fit and proper person?

@AndyFord33107: To be fair once he had served his time he will probably still pass the fit and proper test. #Pompey

@GrahamButterw12: 13 years! Oh well, nevermind what a shame 😄

@ArgyleOnTour: What an absolute tool!… now Fleetwood will come out with the “we didn’t know anything” line you 🙄

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