The family of shamed ex-England international footballer Adam Jonson have reportedly been conned out of £170,000 by a man who said he could clear Johnson’s name.
A string of payments were made to Mark Hill-Wood who was posing as a former MI6 agent, reports the Daily Mail.
Hill-Wood allegedly convinced the family to start paying him amounts of up to £36,000 a time following Johnson’s arrest for child sex crimes, with £140,000 transferred by May 2015.
Johnson was eventually sentenced to six years in prison, with Surrey Police now investigating the payments made to Hill-Wood.
Hill-Wood, who was once dubbed a ‘fantasy fraudster’ by a judge, has declined to comment on the allegations due to ‘client confidentiality’.
When asked about the payments Johnson’s father David, 49, is reported to have replied ‘How do you know about that?’ before refusing to comment further.
The investigation continues.
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