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8 May 2019, 19:37 | Updated: 8 May 2019, 19:39
An accountant who committed a £3.35m fraud on high-profile clients including pop star Rita Ora and retired England rugby captain Matt Dawson has been jailed for nearly six years.
Andrew Munday, 38, of Velocette Way, Duston, caused a loss to the former X Factor judge's company of nearly £2.4m during the fraud campaign spanning seven years.
Dawson's company suffered damages in the region of £1.08m as father-of-two Munday siphoned money from their accounts and into his own.
The married gambling addict, of Moulton, Northants, has been sentenced to five years and eight months' today (Wednesday 8th May) after admitting six counts of fraud by false representation and three of money laundering.
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."
Munday used the illicit gains to finance his habit, live a "lavish lifestyle" with exclusive membership at Tottenham Hotspur and buy Star Wars and football memorabilia including signed Paul Gascoigne shirts.
The fraudster transferred £1.6m from Ora's company into his own account and caused a total loss to the firm of £2,390,747 while an accountant at the now defunct Blue Cube Business Ltd.