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Celeb accountant jailed for five years over £3m fraud

An accountant with celebrity clients such as Rita Ora and Rugby World Cup winner Matt Dawson has been jailed for five years and eight months after committing fraud of over £3m.

Andrew Munday, 38 from Northamptonshire, was sentenced at Northampton Crown Court after he was found guilty of fraud after he caused a loss of nearly £2.4m to Rita Ora’s company, during a fraud campaign lasting seven years.

He also caused a loss of £1.08m at the rugby winner’s Decidedly Dawson firm after siphoning money from the company into his own account. Munday was sentenced after admitting to six counts of fraud and three counts of money laundering while employed at the now defunct Blue Cube Business Ltd.

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Munday used the money to finance a gambling addiction and live a “lavish lifestyle”, acquiring football memorabilia including signed Paul Gascoigne shirts and an exclusive membership to Tottenham, the court heard.

Judge Rupert Mayo told Northampton Crown Court: “The individuals who trusted you with their bank sign in details and therefore trusted you with their hard earned wealth have been emotionally harmed by the abuse of trust which you perpetrated.”

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