Former Premier League footballer charged with charity fraud

The man is one of four to be have been charged with fraudulent trading following an investigation by the National Crime Agency

A former Premier League footballer is among four people who have been charged with fraud related to a charity they ran.

Sam Sodje, 37, who played for clubs including Reading, West Bromwich Albion, Brentford and Leeds United, was charged with fraudulent trading on Friday following an investigation by the National Crime Agency into alleged irregularities at his charity, the Sodje Sports Foundation.

Bright Sodje, 50, Efetobore Sodje, 34, and Stephen Sodje, 42, were also charged with the same offence.

All four have been bailed until 14 November, when they are due appear at Westminster Magistrates’ Court.

According to the Companies House website the charity was dissolved on 12 August 2014, and the Charity Commission website shows the charity was deregistered on 22 January 2015.

The Charity Commission website says the Sodje Sports Foundation’s charitable objects included education and training for young people.

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