A bogus lifestyle guru who stole more than £130,000 from Premier League footballers , a top manager and two millionaire businessmen was jailed for three years and eight months.
Claire Liddle, 41, conned wealthy clients including Stoke City frontman Peter Odemwingie , Liverpool defender Andre Wisdom and former Celtic boss Tony Mowbray by offering to organise their luxury holidays. She was originally spared jail after admitting the £82,000 scam in 2014 but went on to steal another £22,000 from the chairman of telecommunications giant Lebara and £33,000 from the boss of sales solutions firm Flixmedia.
Liddle “frittered away” the money on presents for herself including alcohol and a Rolex watch, the Old Bailey heard.
She wept as she was sentenced to 12 months for the first fraud on the footballers, and 16 months consecutive on each of the other two scams, making a total of 44 months.