Fake Premier League star jailed

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Published: Wednesday 22nd October 2014 by The News Editor

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A failed footballer who enjoyed a champagne lifestyle by pretending to be a Premier League star has been jailed for four years for a £163,000 fraud.

Medi Abalimba, 25, had earned around £20,000 a week at one stage with Derby County, but slipped down the leagues through lack of discipline and commitment.

He continued living the high life by passing himself off as Chelsea player Gael Kakuta, staying in the best rooms in the finest hotels in London, running up bar tabs of thousands of pounds and being chauffeur-driven around in a Bentley, Manchester Crown Court heard.

Abalimba would swan into nightclubs, pre-warned that a VIP was on the way, accompanied by an “entourage” of drivers, bodyguards and sometimes young women, blowing thousands of pounds in champagne at the bar, paid for using stolen credit card details.

He had stints as a professional player with Derby, Oldham Athletic, Southend United, Fulham and Crystal Palace and once commanded a transfer fee of more than £1 million.

Today he is starting a four-year jail term after admitting 12 offences of fraud and dishonesty, in London, West Yorkshire, Manchester and Derby.

He had 19 other offences taken into consideration, totalling a loss to those defrauded of £163,000.

Jailing Abalima, Judge Robert Atherton told him: “There is here a catalogue of offences of sophisticated dishonesty, fraudulently representing that you were a person who you were not.”

Published: Wednesday 22nd October 2014 by The News Editor

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