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Ex-footie boss held at airport

The Argus: Ex-footie boss held at airport Ex-footie boss held at airport

ONE of the UK’s most wanted men was arrested as he arrived in the UK and has been charged over a multimillion pound fraud.

Jeffrey Bloor, pictured, a former director of Worthing FC, has been charged with conspiracy to defraud and money laundering in relation to a horse race betting and investment scandal.

Bloor, formerly of Wraysbury Gardens, Lancing, is alleged to have worked with three other men to defraud £5 million from their clients.

He has been on the run since June 2012 when he failed to report for bail. Hundreds of thousands of fraudulent brochures were sent unsolicited to consumers across the country, with evidence suggesting that this had been happening since 1999.

The brochures all contained promises and guarantees of profits as well as testimonials from satisfied users, most of which are thought to be fictitious.

Bloor, 41, appeared at Brighton Magistrates’ Court yesterday and was granted bail to appear in Lewes Crown Court on August 7.

The allegations are that Bloor made false claims in relation to the betting services, made false claims in relation to investment services and sought and received payment in relation to these services.

Bloor was arrested by detectives from the Sussex Police Major Fraud Unit, on a warrant issued by Brighton Magistrates, when he arrived at Stansted Airport on a flight from Cyprus on Thursday afternoon.

The conspiracy charge alleges that between April 30, 2003 and February 13, 2008, he conspired with other men to defraud prospective participants.

Detective Sergeant Sally Smith, of the Sussex Major Fraud Unit, said: “Bloor’s details were released to the media on July 23, 2012 as part of efforts to trace him.

“He featured as part of the Crimestoppers Most Wanted ‘Op Zygos’ publicity campaign and we have also been working with the National Crime Agency.

“That publicity and co-operation has helped to secure his arrest.”

Steve Bennett, the National Crime Agency’s head of European operations, said: “This is a great example of the effectiveness of our ‘most wanted’ campaigns.

“Many fugitives are located as a result of law enforcement operations or information from the public. In this case the publicity was a major factor and Bloor handed himself in.”

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9:41am Sat 5 Jul 14

Fight_Back says...

Why would you grant bail to someone that has already failed to report for bail and been on the run ?
Why would you grant bail to someone that has already failed to report for bail and been on the run ? Fight_Back
  • Score: 34

10:04am Sat 5 Jul 14

stevo!! says...

Fight_Back wrote:
Why would you grant bail to someone that has already failed to report for bail and been on the run ?
I don't know who is the more stupid, the magistrate who granted him bail or Bloor for returning to the country knowing he's a wanted man.
[quote][p][bold]Fight_Back[/bold] wrote: Why would you grant bail to someone that has already failed to report for bail and been on the run ?[/p][/quote]I don't know who is the more stupid, the magistrate who granted him bail or Bloor for returning to the country knowing he's a wanted man. stevo!!
  • Score: 20

10:09am Sat 5 Jul 14

brighton bluenose says...

stevo!! wrote:
Fight_Back wrote:
Why would you grant bail to someone that has already failed to report for bail and been on the run ?
I don't know who is the more stupid, the magistrate who granted him bail or Bloor for returning to the country knowing he's a wanted man.
Maybe the clue is in the final sentence....
'Bloor handed himself in' ?!!
[quote][p][bold]stevo!![/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Fight_Back[/bold] wrote: Why would you grant bail to someone that has already failed to report for bail and been on the run ?[/p][/quote]I don't know who is the more stupid, the magistrate who granted him bail or Bloor for returning to the country knowing he's a wanted man.[/p][/quote]Maybe the clue is in the final sentence.... 'Bloor handed himself in' ?!! brighton bluenose
  • Score: 9

10:16am Sat 5 Jul 14

stevo!! says...

brighton bluenose wrote:
stevo!! wrote:
Fight_Back wrote:
Why would you grant bail to someone that has already failed to report for bail and been on the run ?
I don't know who is the more stupid, the magistrate who granted him bail or Bloor for returning to the country knowing he's a wanted man.
Maybe the clue is in the final sentence....
'Bloor handed himself in' ?!!
So the magistrate wins the stupidity contest.
[quote][p][bold]brighton bluenose[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]stevo!![/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Fight_Back[/bold] wrote: Why would you grant bail to someone that has already failed to report for bail and been on the run ?[/p][/quote]I don't know who is the more stupid, the magistrate who granted him bail or Bloor for returning to the country knowing he's a wanted man.[/p][/quote]Maybe the clue is in the final sentence.... 'Bloor handed himself in' ?!![/p][/quote]So the magistrate wins the stupidity contest. stevo!!
  • Score: 10

10:33am Sat 5 Jul 14

getThisCoalitionOut says...

I can't believe he got bail even if he did hand himself in - he could easily do a disappearing act again as so many do. Our judicial system is ludicrous - look at Rolf Harris' sentence or lack of. Something needs urgently changing.
I can't believe he got bail even if he did hand himself in - he could easily do a disappearing act again as so many do. Our judicial system is ludicrous - look at Rolf Harris' sentence or lack of. Something needs urgently changing. getThisCoalitionOut
  • Score: 13

10:34am Sat 5 Jul 14

The Real Phil says...

Wow, what a headline! This had the makings of a major international scoop. I am not a big fan of football, but even I was intrigued to discover which major icon this was. But then we find it's an ex director of Worthing! (Didn't even know they had a team.
It is a bit of a result for the fraud unit, but even if convicted, the likelihood is that he will get a low sentence which will still make the profits of his ventures worthwhile.
Wow, what a headline! This had the makings of a major international scoop. I am not a big fan of football, but even I was intrigued to discover which major icon this was. But then we find it's an ex director of Worthing! (Didn't even know they had a team. It is a bit of a result for the fraud unit, but even if convicted, the likelihood is that he will get a low sentence which will still make the profits of his ventures worthwhile. The Real Phil
  • Score: 7

11:58am Sat 5 Jul 14

mangothecat says...

The Real Phil wrote:
Wow, what a headline! This had the makings of a major international scoop. I am not a big fan of football, but even I was intrigued to discover which major icon this was. But then we find it's an ex director of Worthing! (Didn't even know they had a team.
It is a bit of a result for the fraud unit, but even if convicted, the likelihood is that he will get a low sentence which will still make the profits of his ventures worthwhile.
Headlines are supposed to create intrigue so the Argus done well for you on this occasion.
[quote][p][bold]The Real Phil[/bold] wrote: Wow, what a headline! This had the makings of a major international scoop. I am not a big fan of football, but even I was intrigued to discover which major icon this was. But then we find it's an ex director of Worthing! (Didn't even know they had a team. It is a bit of a result for the fraud unit, but even if convicted, the likelihood is that he will get a low sentence which will still make the profits of his ventures worthwhile.[/p][/quote]Headlines are supposed to create intrigue so the Argus done well for you on this occasion. mangothecat
  • Score: 2

2:39pm Sat 5 Jul 14

lotpop says...

what sloppy reporting!!! Bloor was out of the airport and on the m25 10 minutes after the flight landed.
He was never the manager at Worthing, his useless brother was!!
what sloppy reporting!!! Bloor was out of the airport and on the m25 10 minutes after the flight landed. He was never the manager at Worthing, his useless brother was!! lotpop
  • Score: 10

4:50pm Sat 5 Jul 14

hey mongo says...

Nice to see the police are concentrating on fraudsters rather than the one rape a week on men and women we now see in brighton...
Nice to see the police are concentrating on fraudsters rather than the one rape a week on men and women we now see in brighton... hey mongo
  • Score: 2

11:01pm Sat 5 Jul 14

lotpop says...

getThisCoalitionOut wrote:
I can't believe he got bail even if he did hand himself in - he could easily do a disappearing act again as so many do. Our judicial system is ludicrous - look at Rolf Harris' sentence or lack of. Something needs urgently changing.
No monetary gain from Rolf Harris
[quote][p][bold]getThisCoalitionOut[/bold] wrote: I can't believe he got bail even if he did hand himself in - he could easily do a disappearing act again as so many do. Our judicial system is ludicrous - look at Rolf Harris' sentence or lack of. Something needs urgently changing.[/p][/quote]No monetary gain from Rolf Harris lotpop
  • Score: 1

11:02pm Sat 5 Jul 14

lotpop says...

getThisCoalitionOut wrote:
I can't believe he got bail even if he did hand himself in - he could easily do a disappearing act again as so many do. Our judicial system is ludicrous - look at Rolf Harris' sentence or lack of. Something needs urgently changing.
No monetary gain from Rolf Harris
[quote][p][bold]getThisCoalitionOut[/bold] wrote: I can't believe he got bail even if he did hand himself in - he could easily do a disappearing act again as so many do. Our judicial system is ludicrous - look at Rolf Harris' sentence or lack of. Something needs urgently changing.[/p][/quote]No monetary gain from Rolf Harris lotpop
  • Score: 1

12:55pm Sun 6 Jul 14

NickBrt says...

Those magistrates need fracking.
Those magistrates need fracking. NickBrt
  • Score: -1

7:30pm Sun 6 Jul 14

brighton bluenose says...

The Real Phil wrote:
Wow, what a headline! This had the makings of a major international scoop. I am not a big fan of football, but even I was intrigued to discover which major icon this was. But then we find it's an ex director of Worthing! (Didn't even know they had a team.
It is a bit of a result for the fraud unit, but even if convicted, the likelihood is that he will get a low sentence which will still make the profits of his ventures worthwhile.
The other guys in the scam got 5 years!
[quote][p][bold]The Real Phil[/bold] wrote: Wow, what a headline! This had the makings of a major international scoop. I am not a big fan of football, but even I was intrigued to discover which major icon this was. But then we find it's an ex director of Worthing! (Didn't even know they had a team. It is a bit of a result for the fraud unit, but even if convicted, the likelihood is that he will get a low sentence which will still make the profits of his ventures worthwhile.[/p][/quote]The other guys in the scam got 5 years! brighton bluenose
  • Score: 0

5:53pm Mon 7 Jul 14

Whatareyousaying says...

lotpop wrote:
getThisCoalitionOut wrote:
I can't believe he got bail even if he did hand himself in - he could easily do a disappearing act again as so many do. Our judicial system is ludicrous - look at Rolf Harris' sentence or lack of. Something needs urgently changing.
No monetary gain from Rolf Harris
So if he had abused children AND taken their pocket money he coud have expected a bigger prison term?
[quote][p][bold]lotpop[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]getThisCoalitionOut[/bold] wrote: I can't believe he got bail even if he did hand himself in - he could easily do a disappearing act again as so many do. Our judicial system is ludicrous - look at Rolf Harris' sentence or lack of. Something needs urgently changing.[/p][/quote]No monetary gain from Rolf Harris[/p][/quote]So if he had abused children AND taken their pocket money he coud have expected a bigger prison term? Whatareyousaying
  • Score: 0

10:22pm Mon 7 Jul 14

hubby says...

I have known Jeff and Danny for around 25 years.
I knew their dad too. He died some years back. They all liked a punt.
Both pretty average footballers, but not bad guys. Certainly not anywhere near Mr Bigs.
There may be others involved at a far higher level in this gambling fraud who are crapping themselves at the moment.
Some possibly still involved in Sussex football?
I have known Jeff and Danny for around 25 years. I knew their dad too. He died some years back. They all liked a punt. Both pretty average footballers, but not bad guys. Certainly not anywhere near Mr Bigs. There may be others involved at a far higher level in this gambling fraud who are crapping themselves at the moment. Some possibly still involved in Sussex football? hubby
  • Score: 0
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