Fake Chelsea footballer jailed

Medi Abalimba (L) and Gael Kakuta

Medi Abalimba, 25, who pretended to be a Premier League club Chelsea footballer Gael Kakuta has been imprisoned for four years. He spent 20,000 pounds on a spree in Selfridges, stayed at top hotels and even procured a helicopter. Fake Chelsea footballer jailed as He kept carrying on with the high profile life by passing himself off as Chelsea player Gael Kakuta.

Manchester Crown Court detected Abalimba, of Burton Street, London, once earned 20,000 pounds a week when playing for Derby County but slipped down the leagues because of lack of discipline and commitment. He called up venues and professed to be the Chelsea winger before turning up, the court heard.

Abalimba used to visit nightclubs, joined by an “entourage” of drivers, bodyguards and sometimes young women, blowing thousands of pounds in champagne at the bar, paid for using stolen credit card details, the court heard.

He will begin a four-year penitentiary term on Wednesday in the wake of conceding 12 offenses of fraud and dishonesty, in London, West Yorkshire, Manchester and Derby. He had 19 other offences taken into consideration, totaling a loss to those defrauded to STG163,000.

In jailing Abalima, Judge Robert Atherton told him: “There is here a catalogue of offences of sophisticated dishonesty, fraudulently representing that you were a person who you were not.”