Former sportsmen jailed for Africa charity fraud

The Sodje brothers set up the Sodje Sports Foundation in 2009 are said to have defrauded donors out of at least £63,000

Brothers from a famous sporting family have been found guilty of pocketing money donated to a charity they set up to help poor children in Africa.

 

It can now be reported that former footballers Efe Sodje, 46, and Stephen Sodje, 43 and ex-rugby player Bright Sodje, 52 were sentenced to jail for taking money from family charity Sodje Sports Foundation (SSF).

The Sodjes set up SSF in 2009, with the intention of providing sporting facilities to young people in Nigeria. An investigation by the National Crime Agency (NCA) found they appointed Ashley Carson, a businessman and director of Sheffield Wednesday Football Club, and one of the city’s MPs, Clive Betts, to “give the charity respectability”. However they were “fobbed off” when they asked for bank statements and financial reports.

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