Greg Rutherford ‘felt sick’ after being cheated out of £48,000 by ex-manager.
Gaby Stone was sentenced yesterday (March 6) for 18 months at Blackfriars Crown Court after admitting fraud by abuse of position.
Stone had taken sponsorship and appearance fees from the Olympic gold medallist during 2014 and 2015 to feed his gambling habit when he looked after Rutherford’s commercial opportunities.
Blackfriars Crown Court heard that Stone’s friends and family repaid Rutherford in full.
“The thought that someone who had been responsible for a large part of my life and someone I had put my trust in to handle a major source of my income had been dishonest has left me feeling sick,” Rutherford said in a victim impact statement read to the court.
When jailing Stone, Judge John Hillen explained to the court that Rutherford and Stone had a written contract where Stone would keep 20% of the “gross income which you generated for him”.
“You lied to him because what you were doing was to repeatedly betray the trust that he had placed in you by letting your finances get into such a state that you were spending money on gambling that should have been part of your business,” Hillen explained.
After Stone had confessed to Rutherford that the money had been lost, he sacked him and pressed charges after repeated attempts to get repayments failed.
“He simply wants to say repeatedly to the court he is very sorry that he did this and he hopes the upset to Mr Rutherford is something he will move on from,” noted Julia Flanagan, defending.