A MODEL who was part of a cheerleading squad sacked for distracting footballers has gone on trial accused of benefiting from a fraud committed by her ex-boyfriend.
Rebecca Batchelor, 21, allegedly knew huge sums of cash transferred into her account were the proceeds of Anis Ben-Sghaier's cold call scam on OAPs.
Bekka is manager of the Ricays, a cheerleading troupe hired to entertain the crowd at Billericay Town FC — part owned by Towie star Mark Wright.
The Sun told how Millionaire boss Glenn Tamplin fired them after some dancers tried to pull the players — who include former Premier League aces Jermaine Pennant, Jamie O’Hara and Paul Konchesky.
Bu last month he reinstated the pom-pom twirlers after a fan backlash and they were hailed the club's "lucky charm" after a surprise win.
Now model Bekka has gone on trial at Chelmsford crown court alongside another of Anis Ben-Sghaier's ex-lovers, Cathereen Welch, and his younger brother Bilal.
The three defendants each deny one count of converting criminal property in relation to a swindle targeting the elderly, Essex Live reports.
Brothers Anis and Amin Ben-Sghaier have already pleaded guilty to conspiracy to defraud, the jury heard.
They cold called OAPs offering profitable investments and fooled victims into handing over up-front cash to cover "taxes, auctioneer fees and down payments", said prosecutor Sarah Przybylska.
She told the court: "It was all a lie. The money they paid would not go to auction houses or the taxman.
"It would go to Anis, Amin, and their associates. These defendants were among those people."
Victims included John Price, 79, who was conned out of £190,763 with the promise he would make a large profit from investments in rare earth metals.
He paid the money into accounts belonging to the two fraudsters and the three alleged accomplices Bilal, Welch and Batchelor, it is claimed.
The prosecutor said: "Each of them knew, or suspected, that the money was the proceeds of crime.
"The prosecution say that they did know — they of course say that they didn't."
Another victim was 87-year-old Dorothy Hepper, who lost £780 as part of Anis and Amin Ben-Sghaier's scam.
That money was not paid into any of the defendants' accounts.
But a WhatsApp conversation between Anis and Bekka Batchelor revealed she had drafted a letter to be sent to the pensioner and the pair discussed the contents at length, jurors heard.
The letter, said to have been drafted by Batchelor and sent by Anis, claimed Ms Hepper would have her deposit repaid after the sale of carbon credits.
Ms Przybylska also spelled out how the accused allegedly spent the money that was paid into their accounts.
Batchelor is said to have received £2,535 from a victim called Mr Singh, which she splurged on a shopping spree including a £517 lunch at a restaurant in London.
Former Harrods worker Welch, 23, spent a total of £28,595 at stores including House of Fraser, Next and Ikea between November 2013 and April 2015, despite earning less than £1,500 a month.
Bilal Ben-Sghaier is said to have received £5,380 from Mr Price between July 16 and July 28, 2014, and all the money was spent or withdrawn, the jury heard.
Batchelor, arrested with the others in January last year, told cops she started dating Anis a year earlier and claimed she grew suspicious of his dealings and that he later admitted he was defrauding people out of their money.
She also told officers that she had allowed her ex to use her bank account to receive payments as she believed he did not have one of his own, the court heard.
Welch admitted to police that when she went out with Anis she allowed him access to her accounts so he could pay the rent on their flat but denied knowing anything about a fraud.
The trial continues.
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