A former assistant manager of Chester City FC is among six people charged in connection with a Serious Fraud Office investigation.
The six appeared at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday (May 4), following an investigation into the activity of Luis Michael Training Ltd, a company which was said to provide young people with football-based apprenticeship schemes.
Between 2009 and 2011, its alleged that the firm claimed payments from several Further Education Colleges for training and education services they did not provide.
Mark Aizlewood, who worked as number two to Ian Rush at Chester more than a decade ago, was named as a director and shareholder of the company under investigation, along with Anglesey man Keith Anthony Williams, Paul Anthony Sugrue of Cardiff and Christopher Paul Martin of Newbury.
The four face two charges with conspiracy to commit fraud by false representation.
Meanwhile, Steven Paul Gooding and Jack William Harper, who also appeared in court, are said to have been employed as recruiters for this company.
Harper is also alleged to be involved in a linked attempt to defraud a further education college through a company called FootballQualifications.com.
Aizlewood, who counts Cardiff City, Leeds United and Aberystwyth Town among his former clubs, won 39 caps for Wales as a central defender.
The 56-year-old worked under Rush at Chester in the 2004-05 season, and is currently manager of Welsh Premier League team Carmarthen Town.
The six defendants will make their next appearance at Southwark Crown Court on June 1.