Fraudster blew £175,000 on Premier League star Riyad Mahrez’s bank card on £20,000 Ibiza spree, gambling – and a trip to Greggs – but it took victim five WEEKS to notice cash was missing
- Riyad Mahrez, 29, didn’t realise his card was being used for five weeks in 2017
- Sharif Mohamed, 32, spent £20,000 on a trip to Ibiza and indulged in takeaways
- The fraudster has admitted one charge of fraud at Snaresbrook Crown Court
A fraudster blew £175,000 on Riyad Mahrez’s bank card as he treated himself to a £20,000 trip to Ibiza, gambling and even trips to Nando’s, KFC and Greggs.
It took the Premier League football star five weeks to realise the money had been taken and block the card which truck driver Sharif Mohamed, 32, had defrauded in 2017.
Mohamed spent a total of £175,830 during his spending spree, which included the £20,000 he blew drinking champagne at beach bars and on designer clothes in Ibiza.
He had stayed at the Shangri-La hotel in London’s Shard and indulged in meals at the Edward John Lucas restaurant, while also spending £1,400 on a single pair of Armani jeans.
Mohamed also took an expensive trip to the Aspers Casino in the Westfield Stratford City shopping centre in London, and bought several takeaway meals.
Mahrez – who played for Leicester City at the time – didn’t realise the money had been taken for more than a month.
Mahrez ws said last week to have split from his wife before hooking up with fashion student Taylor Ward, 22 (pictured)— daughter of Real Housewives of Cheshire reality star Dawn, 46
A fraudster blew £175,000 on Riyad Mahrez’s bank card as he treated himself to a £20,000 trip to Ibiza, gambling and even trips to Nando’s, KFC and Greggs. Mahrez is said to have split up with wife Rita (pictured)
Former Metropolitan Police Detective Chief Inspector Mick Neville told the Sun: ‘The most amazing thing is that someone can blow £175,000 on a bank card without the loser even realising.’
He added: ‘Why on earth would an elite footballer be spending at fast food joints and Britain’s favourite steak bake supplier?
‘Banks are normally very quick off the mark to spot unusual spending but if the sums were low then it probably wouldn’t flag up.’
The fraud came about after a person pretending to be Mahrez, 29, called Barclays to order a new card in the footballer’s name, according to the Sun.
Mohamed, from East Ham, claimed he was working on behalf of bank employees who then allowed him to use the card, although it was said there was no evidence to support this.
It took the Premier League football star (above) five weeks to realise the money had been taken and block the card which truck driver Sharif Mohamed, 32, had defrauded in 2017. He is pictured during Manchester City;s win over Burnley on Febnruary 3
Sharif Mohamed enjoyed the sun on a trip to Ibiza – including a stop at the Bali Beach Club (Pictured), the court heard
Mohamed blew £20,000 drinking champagne at beach bars and on designer clothes in Ibiza (stock image)
The fraudster’ spree also included a stay at the Shangri-La Hotel in London’s Shard (pictured)
He also used the card to fund gambling at Aspers Casino in London’s Westfield Stratford City
And it wasn’t all the finer things in life – he also used the footballer’s money to trreat himself to food from Greggs
The man, who admitted one charge of fraud at Snaresbrook Crown Court, then reportedly travelled from East London to Leicester to withdraw cash.
Prosecutor Alex Matthews said Mohamed admitted the trip to Ibiza, but denied claims he had used the card for further holidays to Ibiza and Murcia.
The defendant’s barrister Daniel Higgins told the court: ‘In terms of personal benefit he can’t exactly qualify. At least he had a very nice holiday and other benefits.’
Mr Higgins added that Mohamed was ‘drinking and taking drugs’ during this period of his life, so ‘his ability to recall in detail is rather limited.’
He asked for Mohamed to be given a suspected sentence.
The fraudster was bailed ahead of sentencing on February 25.
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