40 years old Richard Rufus, a former Charlton Athletic defender who was rated in 2005 as Charlton greatest ever defender has duped the Kingsway International Christian Centre (KICC) £5 million. The organisation is headed by a Nigerian pastor, Pastor Matthew Ashimilowo.
Rufus became a member of the church after he claimed to be "born again" and a financial consultant. He was entrusted the sum of £5 million by the church for an investment.
The investigation into the fraud is being carried out by the Church Commissioners and a separate investigation from other debts amount to £18 million owed by Rufus to over 93 investors is being carried out. Rufus has missed a number of court hearings saying "God is my only judge" and that he doesn't want his words to be "twisted" or "taken out of context".
According to DailyMail,
He faces allegations of misappropriation of funds, misrepresentation to investors and unregulated taking of deposits, with the official receiver pursuing a bankruptcy restriction order, which would prevent Rufus from being a manager or director of a limited company