A SERIAL charlatan who turned up to under-10s boys football games pretending to be a Celtic scout awaits his fate – after previous complaints of fleecing a charity and failing to pay wages.

Anthony Adams, 27, pleaded guilty to fraudulently telling boys teams he was scouting for young players – turning up at the Cumnock Juniors Football Ground on June 8, 2019.

He later struck again appearing at Bowencraig Recreation Ground in Largs on June 19, 2019, causing fear and alarm.

Adams, of Ardrossan, admitted conducting himself in a disorderly manner at a football festival for under-10s held at Cumnock Juniors Football Ground by falsely stating he represented the club with a fake ID.

He then approached the manager, James Craddock, of Largs Colts 2010 team displaying false identification.

Adams falsely stated to the manager that he was a scout for Celtic FC and that he was interested in four of his players.

He then asked that he provide a phone number and details of the team’s training.

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Adams later attended Largs Bowencraig Recreation Ground approaching the players and telling them he would like to attend further sessions – causing fear and alarm and a breach of the peace.

Not guilty pleas to two further charges on the complaint of stealing North Ayrshire Council ID badges and clothing – after fraudulently pretending to be a regular employee and claiming he had lost his at Cunninghame House, Irvine – were accepted by prosecutors.

Sentence was again deferred when Adams returned to Ayr Sheriff Court last week [Tuesday, July 19] and his bail was continued.

He will return again for sentencing at a later date.

The chancer was previously dubbed a ‘Walter Mitty’ figure for failing to pay employees and ‘fleecing’ a Three Towns charity – with the Herald reporting the North Ayrshire Community Youth Work (NACYW) firm owner accused of abusing his position to leave volunteers and a charity out of pocket.

Tony Adams allegedly fleeced the Little Box of Distractions of almost £200. He is also accused of recruiting people for a medical response company, failing to pay employees or provide PGV (formerly disclosure) checks.

Christine Reid, a 17-year-old student from Stevenston, claims that she is owed up to £500 by Mr Adams’ company, National Event Medical Services Ltd, which dispatches first aiders following alerts from emergency response app, GoodSAM.

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