A professional footballer has been charged with helping to con a vulnerable woman out of more than £2,000 in a telephone banking scam.
Nile Ranger, who played for Newcastle United in the British Premiership. Ranger, 25, stands accused of becoming involved in a scam in which Mrs Diane Bloss lost £2,090 last year.
Ranger, who was a striker with the premiership club, has now appeared in court charged with conspiracy to defraud and money laundering, along with co-defendants, Duncan Aseany, 19 and Reanne Morgan, 18.
Aseany is also facing a further charge of being in possession of an article for use in fraud – personal banking details of 500 people which he is alleged to have stored on a mobile phone.
Magistrates chair Nicole Easterman bailed all three defendants ahead of them making a plea. They are now due to appear at Wood Green Crown Court on January 11.
Ranger is currently playing for Southend, which is in League One. However, it is likely that his place on the team in the next game is now under discussion. The player only signed a new contract with Southend, where he is a firm favourite with fans, a fortnight ago.
A Met Police spokesman confirmed that detectives from FALCON, which is unit set up to tackle fraud and linked crime, have charged a man with fraud and money laundering offences. The offences, alleged to have happened on Feburary 18 relate to obtaining bank details from a vulnerable person to gain access to their savings. Southend United is yet to comment on the situation.
While Ranger was once a shining star in the premiership, taking home tens of thousands per week, his career had struggled in recent years. At former club Blackpool, it was reported that he was taking home only £150 per week. He is currently on a year long deal with Southend.