Further details of ex-Doncaster Rovers’ player Michael McIndoe’s £30 million scam have been revealed, with Aston Villa forward Gabriel Agbonlahor named among the victims.
Detectives at Scotland Yard have begun their investigation into the former winger’s fraud, revealing the names of some of those players duped by McIndoe.
The two-time Scotland B international is believed to have claimed over 300 victims when he convinced players in a miracle investment scheme that promised 20 percent interest per month.
According to the Daily Mail, the player was “inundated with requests to take players’ money” but was exposed in late 2012 when the money failed to materialise and investees were left out of pocket.
Footballers across England were left out of pocket, with professionals from Premier League stars Robbie Keane and Jimmy Bullard to lower league players such as current Preston North End forward Sylvan Ebanks-Blake left out of pocket.
Wolves goalkeeper Carl Ikeme, QPR midfielder Karl Henry and current Sunderland striker Steven Fletcher have also been named as victims, while England internationals Gareth Barry and Adam Johnson are also rumoured to have been involved.
Some individuals lost over a million after being deceived by 35-year-old McIndoe, who featured for the likes of Wolves, Coventry City and MK Dons in a career that lasted from 1998 to 2010.
Agbonlahor is believed to have given the disgraced player £75,000, while his teammate, Australia international Chris Herd has also been named as one of the victims.