gaspargomez wrote: Unless stapleton was being lied to ?
The accounts would be a yearly audit, so they might not have reflected the current situation which forced the club into administration.
If the last set of accounts looked OK and Todd told the other directors everything was under control, then maybe the locals might have not found out until it was too late ??
If you're a Director (actually Deputy Chair), Shareholder, and an accountant by profession, in a company where a lot is going on, you make it your business to view the accounts rather more frequently than the annual audit. Only if Stapleton was given (fraudulently) false accounts would he have a leg to stand on. Even then you might expect him to realise something was wrong.