Everton star Wayne Rooney takes on CRIME as signature busts criminal

WAYNE Rooney turned crime-buster to help snare a football fraudster who made £1million selling fake memorabilia.


Posted Sunday, January 14, 2018 by Dailystar.co.uk

Everton star Wayne Rooney takes on CRIME as signature busts criminal
REPLICA: Conman David Rennie was selling fake shirts for hundreds of pounds

The ex-England captain provided an autograph for detectives to prove a Manchester United shirt sold by conman David Rennie for £150 did not bear his real signature.

The star, now with Everton, was shown faked scrawl and was certain he had not signed it. He then gave Dorset Trading Standards a copy of his signature so they could prove the handwriting was not his.

Rennie, 46, from Banbury, Oxon, was convicted of running a fraudulent business over nine years and transferring criminal proceeds to his bank account following a trial at Bournemouth Crown Court.

One mum paid £300 for a signed Thierry Henry shirt to cheer up her son after his father died. But in reality Rennie was buying replica shirts from high street shops and using a permanent marker pen to put fake autographs on them.

Everton star Wayne Rooney takes on CRIME as signature busts criminal
BUSTED: Wayne's signature helped bust a nine-year con

He was caught after investigators received complaints about Rennie’s online business, FA Premier Signings.

He was warned by Judge Peter Crabtree he faces a long jail sentence.

His estranged wife Clare, 45, admitted her part in the con.

Rennie spent some of the money on Florida trips, once taking £10,000 with him.



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