Former Premier League striker Nile Ranger has been jailed after admitting to online banking fraud.
The 25-year-old, who is currently with Southend United, was sentenced to eight months in jail after he admitted to charges of conspiracy to defraud by obtaining bank details and transferring money.
Wood Green Crown Court heard that Ranger had conspired to use the bank details of Diane Bloss in February 2015 and move £2,090 from one account to another.
Southend’s Nile Ranger has been sentenced after admitting to fraud and money laundering
Ranger played for Newcastle between 2008 and 2013, making more than 50 league appearances
Ranger caused controversy by posing with a gun back in 2011
Aseany Duncan, 19, from Enfield, north London, was handed a prison sentence of eight months for the same offence. Reanne Morgan, 18, also of Enfield, avoided any prison time after the case against him was dropped due to a lack of evidence.
During proceedings, the court heard that Ranger had obtained the details of Ms Bloss’s online HSBC account and transferred the money into a Santander account.
Prosecutor Catherine Rabaiotti told the court: ‘There was a transfer through an account belonging to an innocent third party.
‘There are two parts of the fraud. The fraud to acquire her details and what happened next with the money.’
Ranger pleaded guilty to conspiracy to defraud but denied a charge of money laundering which was left to lie on the file.
Defending Ranger, Angus Bunyan, said: ‘He is 25 and though he has some previous convictions, the only serious one is 10 years ago or more.’
Ranger was once billed as a future England international after representing his country at Under 19 level.
Ranger during a court appearance in 2013 when he pleaded guilty to a common assault charge
Ranger had a promising career as an England youth international after featuring for the U19s
NILE RANGER’S RAPSHEET
2007: Sentenced in 2007 to 11 weeks custody as a 15 year old for his part in a street robbery
2011: Apologised for causing outrage after being seen posing with a gun
March 2012: Fined £6,000 by the FA for making homophobic comments on Twitter
October 2012: Convicted of assaulting two police officers and given a conditional discharge
2014: Forced to pay costs and fined for criminal damage after kicking in his own front door
2017: Suspended by Southend for non-football related reasons
2017: Jailed for conspiracy to defraud by obtaining bank details and transferring money
However his career has been dogged by trouble and he was suspended by Southend in January for non-football related matters.
In 2007, he spent 11 weeks in a young offenders institute in Huntercombe for his part in an armed robbery while a member of Southampton’s youth set-up.
In 2011, while still with Newcastle, Ranger caused outrage after he was caught posing for a picture with a gun.
Ranger was fined £6,000 by the FA in March 2012 for making a string of homophobic comments on Twitter, and attracted criticism for posting a picture of his name spelled out in £20 notes that same year.
He was convicted of assaulting two police officers in October 2012 and given a conditional discharge.
The footballer was cleared of raping a woman in the Carlton Hotel, in the Jesmond area of Newcastle, after a week-long trial in 2014.
Ranger found himself in trouble during his time with Swindon after kicking down the door to his own flat in 2014. He denied a charge of criminal damage but was fined and made to pay court costs
He left Swindon in 2014 and Blackpool in 2016, where it was revealed he was earning just £150-per-week after signing a contract with the club that he said left him penniless.
Ranger joined Southend later that year and was rewarded for his good form at the League Two club with a three-and-a-half year contract in December worth around £1,000-per-week, just a month before the club suspended him.
Ranger pictured in action for Southend during a League One tie with Northampton in February
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