Ex-Premier League footie star Richard Rufus faces jail for scamming family & friends out of £8m to fund luxury lifestyle

    AN ex-Premier League footballer faces jail for scamming family and friends out of £8million to fund a luxury lifestyle.

    Richard Rufus, 47, who played for Charlton and England under-21s, duped pals into investing in a dodgy pyramid scheme.

    Richard Rufus posed as a foreign exchange trader and lied that football friends had invested with him

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    Richard Rufus posed as a foreign exchange trader and lied that football friends had invested with himCredit: Central News
    He formerly played for Charlton and England under-21s

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    He formerly played for Charlton and England under-21sCredit: Nicky Hayes

    Posing as a foreign exchange trader, he lied that football friends, including Rio Ferdinand, had invested with him.

    He spent the money on a Bentley and five-bedroom house on an exclusive private estate in South London, Southwark crown court heard.

    His victims included his church, which lost £3.5million, and ex-Chelsea defender Paul Elliott.

    Rufus apologised for losing the money but denied wrongdoing.

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    He was found guilty of fraud, illegal trading and possessing criminal property.

    He was bailed ahead of sentencing next month but ordered to wear a tag.

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