Manchester United striker, Cristiano Ronaldo has been defrauded of practically £250,000 by a journey agent.
The 53-year-old, named in Portugal as Maria Silva, additionally scammed the soccer star’s super-agent Jorge Mendes out of greater than £14,000 and former Man Utd winger Nani out of more than £1,500.
Her wrongdoing culminated in her getting a four-year suspended jail sentence at a court docket in Porto, Portuguese day by day Jornal de Noticias reported on Sunday.
The newspaper revealed dad-of-four Cristiano, 36, was spared having to attend her trial after she made a full confession.
The four-times Ballon D’or winner gave an announcement to police after flying to Porto by non-public jet and assembly up along with his lawyer Carlos Osorio de Castro.
Jornal de Noticias uncovered the scandal about grasping Silva’s breach of the belief Cristiano positioned in her by giving her his bank card particulars and pin codes.
The newspaper stated the €288,000 she scammed him out of – £245,770 – corresponded to round 200 journeys he by no means made between Portugal and different European international locations in addition to Europe and Africa and the US.
She reportedly carried out the fraud by getting purchasers to switch money for journey she organized for them to her private account as a substitute of the enterprise account of the journey company she labored for.
She then billed these journeys to the accounts of victims like Cristiano Ronaldo, who had given her a ‘digital’ bank card and pin code, to “fill the opening” in her firm’s accounts, the report in Jornal de Noticias stated.
The newspaper reported she used the identical tactic to tear off the likes of Jorge Mendes, his sports activities company Gestifute, Nani and former Portsmouth and Everton footballer Manuel Fernandes.
The fraud value Fernandes £2,440 and Gestifute £36,000. Silva’s agency Geostar is alleged to have repaid the fraud victims the cash wrongly taken from them and she or he agreed to pay again month-to-month compensation to her previous employers to keep away from going to jail.
Cristiano was focused between in a three-year interval between February 2007 and July 2010 when he was taking part in for Manchester United first-time spherical after which Actual Madrid following his file £80 million switch to Spain.
The Portuguese footballer gave the Policia Judiciaria in Porto an announcement on June 7 2011 in keeping with Jornal de Noticias.
He’s stated to have entered the police station by way of a again door so his presence would go unnoticed.
Maria Silva is known to have been quizzed by police in October 2013, declining to reply questions put to her by cops however making a full confession in court docket the place she was discovered responsible of fraud and forgery. It was not made clear how her crimes have been uncovered.
The 53-year-old from the northern Portuguese metropolis of Vila Nova de Gaia was convicted of on January 10 2017 by a prison court docket in Porto, Jornal de Noticias revealed.
Revealing Cristiano’s former Portugal teammate Simao Sabrosa was amongst purchasers who unwittingly transferred money to her non-public account as a substitute of an organization account as a part of her fraud, the paper added: “Afterwards the journey agent needed to plug the opening within the agency’s accounts.
“She subsequently started to invoice these journeys to Cristiano Ronaldo, who had an account at Geostar and for sensible causes, handed the agent a digital bank card and pin code.”