Footballer remanded in custody on bank scam charges

Ashley Timms.
Ashley Timms.
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A FORMER Wakefield Football Club goalkeeper faces charges in connection with an alleged £60,000 Nigerian email scam on banks.

Prosecutors say Ashley Timms, 25, was involved in the money laundering side of the sting, which is claimed to have targeted banking customers.

Timms, an ex-Manchester City trainee, appeared at Wakefield Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday to face 22 charges said to total £60,000.

The most serious charges allege he conspired with others to defraud various banking institutions on or before May 10 this year.

Timms, of Woodlands Village, off Barnsley Road, Wakefield, is also charged under the Fraud Act and Proceeds of Crime legislation.

Prosecutor Richard Ogden told the court: “This gentleman is effectively charged with being a money launderer for other and bigger fish, if I can use that expression.”

Timms was signed by Wakefield FC in September 2010. He made 15 appearances between September 18 and December 11. Magistrates remanded him in custody until he appears at Leeds Crown Court on May 18.

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