Charlton Athletic legend Richard Rufus is due to appear at a High Court hearing on Wednesday to face multi-million-pound fraud charges, reports the Daily Mail.
Voted the Addicks’ greatest ever defender in 2005, Rufus is rumoured to have debts of more than £18 million and is alleged to have misappropriated funds trusted to him by nearly 100 investors.
Plus a £5m investment given to Rufus by the Kingsway international Christian Centre has gone missing and the Church Commissioners are now investigating.
The Daily Mail claim the 40-year-old, a born again Christian, owes money to former Chelsea defender Paul Elliott, who is a close family friend who helped Rufus when he suffered the same career-ending injury as him.
Two years ago, Elliott resigned from his roles with The Football Association and at Kick it Out after a reported discriminatory abusive comments in text messages between himself and Rufus.
Since then Elliott is regaining footballing roles after libel action brought by Rufus were dismissed.
Rufus himself has missed a number of court hearings.
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