The Midland Football Alliance
Published 7th June 2011
...for pocketing more than £276,000 from the life insurance and pension policies of a murdered father.
Accountant Bill Williams splashed the cash on luxury family holidays to the USA, season tickets at Aston Villa and lavish family parties.
He set in motion plans to steal money owed to the two-year-old daughter of South Staffordshire company director Andrew Diack just days after the 29-year-old was stabbed to death in a Wolverhampton pub.
Williams listed himself as an executor of an insurance and pension policy he helped to set up for Diack.
Thousands was also ploughed into Tipton Town. The rest was spent on clearing debts and office improvements for his Dudley-based accountancy firm.
Williams also ripped off pensioners Ronald and Sheila Haynes for almost £97,000.
He was also jailed in 1986 for a previous £100,000 fraud while manager of Great Wyrley-based Harrisons FC. He was using the stolen cash to pay semi-professional footballers.
At Wolverhampton Crown Court on Monday, Judge Amjad Nawaz described bankrupt Williams as a man who “preyed on the vulnerable”.