A former skater who allegedly took millions from the accounts of the skaters of a Sydney bank has been handed a prison sentence.
The man, who cannot be named for legal reasons, pleaded guilty to the charges at Sydney Magistrates Court in October, but did not enter a plea to the charge of financial sponsorship.
He had been accused of using the bank to launder more than $1 million from his skaters accounts.
The skaters alleged that he had used the bank accounts to buy and sell the skates he used to compete in the World Championships in 2011, 2012 and 2013.
The Crown had argued that it was a breach of trust and that skaters had a legal right to access bank accounts.
Skaters say they are angry and confusedThe skater’s father, who was in court to support him, said he was “stunned” by the case and was angry at the judge.
“I am a hard worker, I have done my time for the past 10 years and I am just disappointed that it has come to this,” he said.
“It’s a very sad day for skaters and a huge disappointment to the skater community.”
The man’s father said he believed the case against the man was “politically motivated”.
“The man is a very popular skater and I think he is trying to take advantage of skaters who are trying to make a living,” he told reporters outside court.
“There is a huge difference between skaters stealing money from skater accounts and people trying to exploit the skate industry.”
The skates used by Mr Skidmore in his matches have since been returned to him.
“The judge has just sent a message that if you have any more money to do so then you will be charged with a breach,” Mr Skiddoes father said.
The court heard the man, whose name has not been revealed, used the accounts to “launder” more than a billion dollars from his accounts.
It is alleged he used the account to purchase more than 20,000 pairs of skates and sell them for $4.4 million.
“These charges are a disgraceful breach of the trust of skater skaters,” Acting District Attorney Peter Williams said.
Skater’s son, who lives in Australia, has previously said he had lost more than 300,000 dollars in gambling debts from his gambling addiction and said he would take the case to court.
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