Woman faces jail after conning Lebara boss out of £23k

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Claire Liddle, of London Colney, admitted taking £22,897.60 from Yoganathan Ratheessan at Old Bailey last week

A London woman is facing jail after she admitted to a carrying out a £23,000 con on Lebara founder Yoganathan Ratheessan.

Claire Liddle, 40, was remanded in custody at the Old Bailey last week after she admitted to stealing £22,897 from the CEO between April and June last year.

The Lebara CEO is worth an estimated £250 million after setting up the MVNO in 2001.

“This defendant is in breach of a suspended sentence for a similar case involving a sum of £80,000,” said prosecutor Michael Morris.

The previous scam saw her swindle more than £15,000 from footballer Peter Odemwingie, and £6,600 from footballer Andre Wisdom.

She has also previously avoided prison after convincing Coventry City boss Tony Mowbray to hand over £30,000 for a holiday to Dubai. She was handed a suspended sentence at a court in Stafford in 2014 and ordered to pay her victims back.

According to the Evening Standard, Liddle, from St. Albans, broke down in tears as Judge Anuja Dhir refused to release her on bail ahead of a sentencing hearing on April 15.

“A custodial sentence is inevitable,” she told Liddle.

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