Thursday, April 17, 2014

Life coach who defrauded Peter Odemwingie and six other clients out of over 80k sentenced

Lifestyle Coach who defrauded Peter Odemwingie and six other clients out of over 80,000 pounds has been spared from going to jail after she admitted to the fraud and pledged to pay them back.
Stafford Crown Court heard how Claire Duke of London Colney in Hertfordshire admitted to seven fraud in which she charged clients for holidays and flight while she used the money for herself.
Duke was given a two-year suspended prison sentence.

The 38-year-old Lifestyle coach who ran a business where she offered concierge services and organized holidays and trips abroad pleaded guilty to all counts.
With sincere apologies tendered, Duke sobbed in the dock as the judge told her : “you appear to be someone who on the face of its terrified of the court's powers, and accepting that what you have done was appalling.

Expressing concern for her victims the judge also said: “You have pleaded guilty to seven matters of fraud involving professionals, hard-working people wanting to spend money on holidays and treats”
Some of these people may have been wealthy, but that doesn't make any difference. It's there money”

Recorder David Mason QC accepted that Duke's business had encountered difficulties and had not been set up or designed as a fraud from the outset and as she left the court, Duke once again expressed deep apologies for the stress and upset she had caused.
I would just like to pass on my sincere apologies to everyone,” she said

Nigerian international and Stoke City striker Peter Odemwingie was defrauded out of £22,000