Ex-Newcastle striker Nile Ranger jailed for online banking fraud

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Former Newcastle United striker Nile Ranger has been jailed for eight months for an online banking fraud.

The 25-year-old pleaded guilty to the crime in January, and was sentenced on Tuesday at Wood Green Crown Court in London learnt the length of his jail term.

The court heard how Ranger scammed Diane Bloss out of £2,090 in February 2015, after using her bank details to move the money from one account to another.

He was sentenced to eight months in prison and ordered to pay a £100 victim surcharge and £1,200 prosecution costs.

Aseany Duncan, 19, was also handed an eight month prison sentence for the same offence, while Reanne Morgan, 18, avoided prison after the case against him was dropped due to a lack of evidence.

This is the latest in a string of controversies involving Ranger.

Since becoming a professional footballer, he has been involved in a host of incidents, including posing with a replica gun, being charged with being drunk and disorderly, being fined by the FA for making homophobic comments, being fined for causing criminal damage and being found not guilty of rape.

Ranger is a former England U-19 international and was tipped for big things when he arrived at Newcastle's academy in 2008

Instead, a slew of attitude and legal problems led to Ranger becoming a lower league journeyman after he left the Magpies by mutual consent in 2013.

He then played for Swindon Town, Blackpool and Southend United before being suspended by the Shrimpers in February after he admitted taking cocaine.

Southend chairman Ron Martin has released a statement, saying the League One club will not rush into a decision over the future of the troubled player.

The club needs time to consider its position and also the impact of this startling, unexpected, outcome in court this afternoon on Nile Ranger both as a person, as well as a player for Southend United.

As I have said previous, this offence occurred long before Nile joined the club and everyone deserves a second chance, which the club has afforded Nile.

Nile Ranger is unlikely to ever be a model professional, however during his time at Southend his behaviour has been acceptable and improved.

We have worked hard at rehabilitation and Nile has responded well to his team-mates both on and off the pitch.

At the time of writing, the club is awaiting details of the court hearing and will review the details before coming to any decision surrounding Nile's future.

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