Nigerian international, Osaze Odemwingie, has lost a whopping £15,000 (N40 million) to a United Kingdom-based ‘lifestyle coach’.
The alleged fraudster, Claire Duke, set up a business, Solutions Lifestyle, where she advertised flights and hotels at discount prices for wealthy clients, including Odemwingie. The 38-year-old pocketed payments she received.
After believing they had paid her for the whole package for their holiday, her clients and their families arrived at their arranged destination only to be told their hotel had not been paid for.
The court was told Duke stole more than £15,000 from Odemwingie, 32, after obtaining his bank details from his debit card.
Among her other victims were Liverpool’s Andre Wisdom and former West Bromwich and Celtic manager, Tony Mowbray, as well as other unnamed wealthy clients.
Duke appeared at Stafford Crown Court on Tuesday where she wept in the dock as she confessed to seven counts of fraud.
She made £82,561.79 fraudulently from six of her clients between April 2012 and July last year.
She also conned Mowbray, who was managing Middlesbrough at the time, by getting him to pay her more than £30,000 to stay at a luxury hotel in Dubai.
When he arrived with his family, he found that a different less luxurious hotel had been booked and the bill had not been paid.