A Chalfont St Peter (CSP) hypnotherapist has been fined £6,000 after admitting failing to declare the source of £10,000 he transferred from a company director into a Conservative Party campaign fund.
The case is linked to a missing £10,25million loan to Northampton Town FC loaned by the now-defunct Northampton Borough Council.
CSP’s Alan Mayfield made the payment to Northampton South Conservative Association in 2014 without declaring he was not the source of the funds and, breaching therefore a law designed to protect the integrity of elections.
According to the BBC, Alan broke down as he entered Northampton Magistrates’ Court.
Mayfield, of Hill Farm Road, was also ordered to pay a £120 victim surcharge and £220 in court costs.
Alan, 64, of Hill Farm Road, was accused of breaching Section 54 of the Political Parties, Elections and Referendum Act 2000 which states those donating sums exceeding £500 to a political party have to state where the money comes from.
The BBC reported that opening the case against Mayfield, prosecutor Ben Close said Mayfield had been “inspired” by Mr David Mackintosh’s charity work and “wanted to support his cause.
“The connection between Mr Mayfield and Mr Grossman is that they were friends.”
Magistrates heard how £11,000 was transferred to Mayfield’s account by Howard Grossman via Mr Grossman’s company 1st Land Ltd.
The company was set up to carry out the redevelopment of Northampton Town’s Sixfields Stadium and received the bulk of the loan money.
Three days later, Mayfield paid £10,000 to Northampton South Conservative Association.
Clea Topolski, mitigating, said £1,000 had been retained by Mayfield from the transaction, as he was owed the sum by Mr Grossman.
“As Mr Mayfield put it in interview, he wished he had asked why this donation was not being made directly,” Ms Toposki told the court.
Magistrate Dominic Goble, passing the sentence on Mayfield, told him: “We find that there is a high level of culpability in that you knowingly facilitated the transfer of funds from another person.”
Mayfield was ordered to pay his fine in £100 instalments.
Four other defendants appeared with Mayfield.
Husband and wife Nutan Bhimjiyani, 60, and Sharad Bhimjiyani, 65, both of Headstone Lane, Harrow, did not enter a plea.
Gary Platt, 65, of West Drive, Harrow; and Leonard Western, 71, of Holmside Rise, South Oxhey, Watford, both pleaded not guilty.
Nirav Vinodray Sheth, 47, of Uppingham Avenue, Stanmore, did not appear before magistrates, but will face crown court trial.
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