Top golf official stole thousands from England Golf with 'fake invoices'

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A senior official stole thousands of pounds from the body which runs amateur golf in England and created false websites to cover his tracks.

James Woodford defrauded England Golf, which is based in Woodhall Spa, by submitting fake invoices.

Lincoln Crown Court heard how the 45-year-old, from Nottingham, successfully obtained £7,400 but checks carried out by the prestigious organisation prevented him from taking a further £38,000.

Woodhall Spa is home to the National Golf Centre and English Golf and was voted the best inland golf course in the UK, and rated 54th in the world.

Woodford, who was employed as head of training and education, was heavily in debt at the time after a business venture failed and resulted in bailiffs chasing him for money.

Stephen Taylor, prosecuting, told the court that Woodford was authorised to purchase instruction and training materials from outside agencies and because he was trusted checks

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