Fraudster blew £ 175,000 on Riyad Mahrez’s bank card while indulging in £ 20,000 Ibiza Spree, gambling and even a trip to Greggs – but it was five weeks before the Premier League soccer ace was five weeks away
- Unknown to 29-year-old Riyad Mahrez, his card had been used for five weeks in 2017
- Sharif Mohamed, 32, spent £ 20,000 on a trip to Ibiza and indulged in food stalls
- The scammer has admitted fraud charges on Snaresbrook Crown Court
A fraudster charged Riyad Mahrez’s bank card with £ 175,000 while indulging in a £ 20,000 trip to Ibiza, gambling and even trips to Nando, KFC and Greggs.
It took the Premier League soccer star five weeks to find out the money had been taken and to block the card that 32-year-old truck driver Sharif Mohamed cheated on in 2017.
Mohamed spent a total of £ 175,830 during his shopping spree, including the £ 20,000 he drank with champagne in beach bars and designer clothes in Ibiza.
He had stayed at the Shangri-La Hotel in London’s Shard and indulged in meals at the Edward John Lucas restaurant while spending £ 1,400 on a single pair of Armani jeans.
Mohamed also took an expensive trip to the Aspers Casino in the Westfield Stratford City shopping center in London and bought several take-away meals.
Little did Mahrez, who was playing for Leicester City at the time, know the money had been taken for more than a month.
Mahrez ws said last week he broke up with his wife before teaming up with fashion student Taylor Ward, 22 (daughter) of Real Housewives of Cheshires reality star Dawn, 46
A fraudster charged Riyad Mahrez’s bank card with £ 175,000 while indulging in a £ 20,000 trip to Ibiza, gambling and even trips to Nando, KFC and Greggs. Mahrez is said to have separated from Ms. Rita (picture)
Former Metropolitan Police Detective Chief Inspector Mick Neville told the Sun, “The most amazing thing is that someone can blow £ 175,000 on a bank card without the loser even realizing it.”
He added: “Why on earth would an elite football player be spending time in fast food outlets and Britain’s favorite steak baker?
“Banks are usually very quick to spot unusual expenses, but if the sums were low it probably wouldn’t let up.”
The scam came after a person pretending to be Mahrez, 29, called Barclays to order a new card on behalf of the soccer player, according to Sun.
Mohamed, of East Ham, claimed he was working on behalf of bank clerks who then allowed him to use the card, although there was allegedly no evidence.
It took the Premier League soccer star (above) five weeks to discover the money had been taken and to block the card that 32-year-old truck driver Sharif Mohamed cheated on in 2017. He is pictured during Manchester City’s win over Burnley on February 3rd
Sharif Mohamed enjoyed the sun on a trip to Ibiza – including a stop at the Bali Beach Club (picture), the court heard
Mohamed blew £ 20,000 champagne in beach bars and on designer clothes in Ibiza (archive image)
The fraud also included a stay at the Shangri-La Hotel in London’s Shard (picture)
He also used the card to fund gambling at Aspers Casino in London’s Westfield Stratford City
And it wasn’t all the good things in life – he also used the football player’s money to stock up on Greggs’s food
The man, who admitted to charges of fraud at Snaresbrook Crown Court, reportedly traveled from East London to Leicester to withdraw cash.
Prosecutor Alex Matthews said Mohamed admitted the trip to Ibiza but denied claims he used the card for further holidays in Ibiza and Murcia.
The defendant’s attorney, Daniel Higgins, told the court, “As for personal benefit, he cannot accurately qualify. At least he had a very nice vacation and other perks. ‘
Mr. Higgins added that during this period of his life, Mohamed “drank and used drugs” so that “his ability to recall details is rather limited”.
He asked for Mohamed to be convicted.
The fraudster was released on bail on February 25 prior to being sentenced.