A travel agent, name Maria Silvia was reported to have scammed the Manchester United striker, Cristiano Ronaldo of £250,000 (about N140 million).
The football start, Ronaldo entrusted her with his credit cards and pin.
The 53 year old travel agent also scammed Ronaldo’s super agent Jorge Mendes of about £14,000 and the Manchester United winger, Nani, of over £1,500.
Silvia got a four year suspension prison sentence on Sunday after being earlier convicted by a Porto criminal court in 2017.
Ronaldo was revealed to be a targeted victim of Silvia’s scamming spree of three years between February 2007 and July 2010.
According to a renowned Portuguese newspaper, Jornal de Noticias, Sun sports reported that Ronaldo submitted a statement to the police in 2011.
According to the news paper report, “The travel agent had to plug the hole in the firm’s accounts. She, therefore, began to bill those trips to Cristiano Ronaldo, who had an account at Geostar, for practical reasons he handed the agent a virtual credit card and pin code. It was a green route to taking money out.”
According to the newspaper, the said £245,770 scammed from Ronaldo corresponded with around 200 trips that he never made between Portugal to the US, Africa, and other European countries.
The travel agent, who is currently working as a cleaner, was interrogated in 2013 before her eventual sentence on 19th of September 2021.
She agreed to repay her firm a sum of £7,680 as part of her court deal sparing her prison sentence.