Former JJB chief executive convicted of taking fraudulent payments from supplier

Will Green is news editor of Supply Management
21 November 2014

A former chief executive of JJB Sports has been convicted of receiving fraudulent payments from a supplier.

Christopher Ronnie was found guilty at Southwark Crown Court of accepting payments totalling more than £1 million between December 2007 and September 2008 that he failed to disclose to the board of JJB.

In one deal with Fashion and Sport Ltd to supply Old Navy goods, he received $250,000 (£159,000). In two other deals with the company to buy the Travel Fox brand in Europe and the Americas he received £650,000 and $380,000 (£242,000).

Ronnie’s co-defendants in the trial were David Ball and David Barrington, who were directors of Fashion and Sport Ltd, a company that sold clothing brands and stock to JJB.

Ronnie, 52, of Wilmslow, Cheshire, was chief executive of JJB between August 2007 and March 2009. He was convicted of three offences of failing to disclose information relating to the contracts with Fashion and Sport Ltd, and two further offences of providing false information.

Ball, 54, of Cheam, Surrey, and Barrington, 52, of Wilmslow, Cheshire, were each found guilty of two offences of attempting to pervert the course of justice, relating to efforts to destroy email evidence during an investigation by the Serious Fraud Office.

The trio have been granted bail and are due to be sentenced on 12 December at Southwark Crown Court.

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