Welsh fraudster gets seven years

Date published: August 9 2014

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Neil Hollinshead – the man who was alleged to have committed fraud at London Welsh – has been sentenced to seven years in jail.

Neil Hollinshead – the man who was alleged to have committed fraud at London Welsh – was on Friday found guilty and jailed for seven years.

The sentencing took place at London's Southwark Crown Court, with Hollinshead having conned Welsh into thinking he would inject £1m a year.

He bought the club for £6 before false promises saw the Exiles' ownership return to its former owners, as Judge David Higgins explained.

“It was a disastrous period for the club. It only survived because the original owners and various benefactors continued to fund it to the tune of many hundreds of thousands of pounds,” Press Association Sport reported in the Daily Mail.

“It's plain to me that you (Hollinshead) produced not one penny of your own, let alone the £1m you promised, which quite obviously never existed.”

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