Former Oxford United Chairman Listed as Alleged Victim in Oxford ‘Conman’ Trial

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Oxford, June 11, 2023 – Neil Stafford, a 57-year-old individual, is set to stand trial next autumn on charges of defrauding former Oxford United chairman Darryl Eales and six others. Prosecutors allege that Stafford engaged in fraudulent activities, leading to seven counts of fraud by false representation between 2011 and 2014.

Darryl Eales, who played a prominent role as Oxford United’s chairman until his resignation in 2018, overseeing the club’s notable appearances at Wembley, is among the individuals named as Stafford’s alleged victims in court documents.

During a hearing on June 7, Judge Maria Lamb scheduled the trial to commence on September 30 the following year, with a duration of eight weeks. A pre-trial review is slated for December 8, during which the case will be presented before a judge.

Stafford, residing in Sykehouse near Doncaster, has already entered a plea of not guilty in response to the charges brought against him. James Norman represented the Crown Prosecution Service during the hearing, while the defendant, Stafford, appeared via video link with Bruce Stuart as his counsel.

As the trial awaits next year, legal proceedings will determine the validity of the allegations made against Stafford and shed light on the details of the fraudulent activities he is accused of perpetrating against several individuals, including the former chairman of Oxford United Football Club.

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