Lifestyle consultant Claire Duke stole over £80,000 which is over 22 million from Nigerian-international player Peter Osaze Odemwingie, former West Bromwich manager Tony Mowbay and former Liverpool player Andre Wisdom in an extremely desperate to evade bankruptcy.
38 year old Duke from London Colney in Hertfordshire, admitted seven counts of frauds she pocketed money given to her by three of her clients it was revealed at Stafford Crown where she was given a two-year jail term suspended for two years.
Duke ran concierge services and exploited on the wedding of Odemwingie by duping him into paying twice for his luxury £7 000 Venice honeymoon. Reports also stated that, Odemwingie unknowingly picked up the bill for a £15 000 break in the Caribbean enjoyed by Liverpool player Andre Wisdom.
Odemwingie had asked the lifestyle coach to arrange £7 000 worth of flights to Miami in April 2012 and gave her his credit card details to pay for them. The previous month his future mother-in-law, Mrs Tracy Fallon, had given Duke £7 560 to cover her daughter’s honeymoon to Venice but the lifestyle consultant pocketed all the cash.
BBC reports that, Duke sobbed in the dock as the judge told her: “You appear to be someone who on the face of it is terrified of the court’s powers, and accepting that what you have done was appalling.
“You have pleaded guilty to seven matters of fraud involving professional, hard-working people wanting to spend money on holidays and treats.”
Duke from Farm Crescent, St Albans, was also given 150 hours unpaid work.