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Crawley man due to be sentenced as part of West Ham Olympic Stadium data theft
11:25am Friday 20th December 2013 in News
Three men, including one from Sussex, who illegally obtained personal data from members of West Ham Football Club during the bidding process to become new tenants of the Olympic Stadium are due to be sentenced.
Howard Hill, a former partner at accountancy firm PKF, was alleged to have employed private investigators to get information on the Premier League club and the Olympic Park Legacy Company (OPLC) while Tottenham Hotspur Football Club were bidding for the site.
Spurs used PKF to carry out an investigation linked to their bid, but the club has always denied any involvement in the illegal activity.
Hill, 59, from Stockport in Greater Manchester, pleaded guilty to obtaining personal data contrary to the Data Protection Act 1998 at Inner London Crown Court last month.
Fellow defendants Richard Michael Forrest, 31, from Crawley, and Lee Stewart, 40, from Esher in Surrey, admitted the same charge.
Three counts of fraud by false representation involving the defendants were left to lie on file.
The three men, who admitted obtaining data including phone bills and bank statements from members of West Ham United and the OPLC, are due to be sentenced at Southwark Crown Court.
Tottenham lost out to West Ham in the race to become the OPLC's first choice to move into the stadium after the Olympics.
The Hammers are due to move into the stadium in Stratford, east London, in 2016.
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