Kerry, who lost her lucrative 250,000 pound-a-year deal with Iceland due to coke snorting video, is now desperate to fill her wallet, while Croft is still indulging himself on her cash as he recently took the delivery of a 26,395-pound Ford Focus.
The friend revealed: "Mark put his name on the list for his new car six months ago, and was over the moon to add another to his collection. "He's been showing it off to everyone. But it's Kerry's money. While she is panicking about her finances, he's out buying another toy."
Croft has also believed to be cajoling Katona for appearing at Christmas parties, shop openings and nightclubs. The insider added: "Kerry hasn't got much work lined up so is keen to do whatever she can. Mark has persuaded her that doing personal appearances is a good way to make some money and raise her profile again. Mark's also been speaking to nightclub owners in Cheshire, to get them to do Kerry Katona nights. He knows Kerry's celebrity status and car crash life make her lucrative."
However, Katona's spokesman has rubbished the claims.