A WIRRAL businessman accused of fleecing pensioners in a £5m fraud has quit his high-profile position in Merseyside cricket, but says he will fight the allegations.
Malcolm Barber, 69, appeared in court charged with defrauding 127 investors through a business called Gentry Investment Trust.
It is alleged those who put money into Gentry were mainly elderly with investments often made from life savings and retirement funds.
The Liverpool and District Cricket Competition (LDCC) confirmed that Barber, from Wallasey, had tendered his resignation as honorary treasurer of the organisation and “all other capacities in which he currently serves”.
Barber, who is vice-president of the Lancashire Cricket Board as well as a well-respected umpire, had his resignation accepted by the LDCC management committee.
A letter seen by the News tells how Barber intends to fight “to the bitter end” the charges he faces.
A statement released by his solicitors was sent to cricket clubs including New Brighton, where Barber is vice-president.