Ex-footballer who dated Love Island’s Georgia Steel is jailed for fleecing Thierry Henry’s model ex-wife in £160,000 scam after lying to her that he was a US Navy Seal
Former footballer Medi Abalimba (사진) has admitted plundering the bank accounts of Thierry Henry’s model ex-wife in a £160,000 scam
A former footballer who dated Love Island’s Georgia Steel has been jailed for plundering the bank accounts of Thierry Henry’s model ex-wife after claiming to be a US Navy Seal in a £160,000 scam.
Medi Abalimba, 32, conned Claire Henry out of more than £50,000 earlier this year after raiding her Coutts and HSBC accounts to stay at the Corinthia Hotel in Westminster.
Bills at the Corinthia and membership for Dubai’s Al Habtoor Polo Resort cost Ms Henry £38,839.11, while Abalimba spent another £13,000 on ‘general expenditure’.
‘Charming’ Abalimba met Ms Henry – who is known for starring in Renault’s ‘va va voom’ adverts – at the Soho House private members’ club in central 런던 and told her his name was Miguel Johnson, a Navy Seal, prosecutor Fer Chinner told Wood Green Crown Court.
The pair spoke every day for around four months, and Ms Henry could ‘hear sounds consistent with a military operation’ over the phone, 태양 보고서.
‘Ms Henry was in a way groomed for what was going to be large sums of money in due course,’ 검사는 말했다.
They stayed for a few nights at a Manchester hotel, and on the day of checkout Abalimba ‘left early saying he had a meeting in Turkey, leaving Ms Henry to pay the bill.’
He then checked into Westminster’s Corinthia Hotel under the name Mario Gonzalez in January. A Lamborghini, a Bentley, and a Porsche, ‘all acquired through deception’, arrived with him.
Former Derby County midfielder Abalimba, of Camden, 노스 런던, admitted 15 counts of fraud between January 1 그리고 3 월 1, and confessed to using a forged Illinois driving license and fake debit card in the name ‘M J Gonzalez Business’.
He was jailed for four years and two months.
Abalimba, the ex-boyfriend of Love Island’s Georgia Steel (함께 사진), used other people’s cash to splash out on luxury stays at five-star hotels under fake identities
Medi Abalimba, 32, conned Claire Henry (사진) out of more than £50,000
Abalimba would ask Ms Henry to pay for things and make her feel sorry for him when she asked for the money back, 법원은 들었다.
Ms Henry started noticing money leaving her account and when she tried to end the relationship, Abalimba put of a ‘full performance of hysteria’ and said his grandfather had died.
She had ‘genuine feelings of love’ for Abalimba, whose name ‘she didn’t even know’, 검사는 말했다.
Abalimba had previously been jailed for four years in 2014 after posing as former Chelsea player Gael Kakuta in an almost identical scam.
He used the former Premier League player’s identity to run up tabs at five-star hotels, fancy nightclubs and luxury shops around the country.
Abalimba would then make excuses or produce stolen credit cards when asked to settle the bill.
Ms Henry – also known as Nicole Merry – is the mother of Arsenal legend Thierry Henry’s first child and their five-year marriage ended in 2008
He then ran up a £104,000 bill at the plush Rosewood Hotel in central London.
He used another man’s card to spend more than £10,000 at the five-star Rosewood which had been altered to show the name ‘Miguel Gonzalez’.
He also posed as a wealthy guest to persuade a concierge to spend £104,911 at the Rosewood Hotel on his behalf.
The fraudster then lied to another man that he could pay him back if he spent over £1,250 to rent a Range Rover for him.
In just over a week he racked up more than £3,000 at the Mandarin Oriental in Hyde Park, £7,000 at the swanky Corinthia Hotel in Whitehall and nearly £2,000 at Millennium Knightsbridge in Sloane Street.
He ran up a £5,000 bar tab at Manchester’s Club Liv, splashing out up to £500 on two a bottles of champagne and £200-a-bottle Dom Perignon before using the nightclubs backdoor to step into the awaiting chauffeur-driven silver Bentley.
Abalimba took four girls from Manchester on an £1,100 helicopter tour over London before having them stay with him at an £800 a night rented mansion in Berkshire, which he claimed was his home.
He tried to spend around £28,000 on clothes at Selfridges, 맨체스터, including a £765 pair of shoes, £575 shirt and £3,950 earrings for his mother.
But an eagle-eyed security guard prevented Abalimba’s driver leaving with the goods and he was later tracked down to a mansion, in Ascot, Thames Valley, which he had rented in the name of Kakuta.
Jailing Abalimba for those scams at Isleworth Crown Court in October 2014, which had a potential loss of £163,000, Judge Robert Atherton said: ‘This is a catalogue of offences of sophisticated dishonesty and fraud, representing that you were a person whom you were not.
‘I hope that it has not caused to great an embarrassment to the person you professed to be, but as a person who himself is of considerable standing and renown it must have been of considerable embarrassment that his personal details were used.
‘He is a victim as much or in many ways like others in this case, but the frauds did not begin by you assuming this identity.’