Nigerian Striker Peter Odemwingie and six others will be receiving over £80,000 after they were defrauded by a lifestyle coach.
38-year-old Claire Duke has pledged to pay back her clients after she admitted seven frauds.
Stoke City striker Odemwingie was defrauded out of £22,000,a Stafford Crown Court heard.
At the time of the frauds, Duke had run a business offering concierge services and organised holidays and trips abroad.
Recorder David Mason QC accepted that Duke’s business had encountered difficulties and had not been set up or designed as a fraud from the outset.
Duke watched helplessly as the judge told her:
“You appear to be someone who on the face of it is terrified of the court’s powers, and accepting that what you have done was appalling.
“You have pleaded guilty to seven matters of fraud involving professional, hard-working people wanting to spend money on holidays and treats.”
All the victims would no doubt be shocked and appalled that their money had been “shifted in different directions” by Duke, the judge said.
“Some of these people may have been wealthy, but that doesn’t make any difference. It’s their money.”
Duke however, apologised for the stress and upset she had caused.
“I would just like to pass on my sincere apologies to everyone,” she said.
Article by: Paul Edokpayi
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