Disgraced snooker player Stephen Lee has been fined £1,815 after admitting a charge of fraud relating to his personal cue.
The court was told Lee, who was once ranked number five in the world, arranged to sell his personal £1,600 snooker cue to a fan through his Facebook page.
But although the man, who is based in Hong Kong, paid the money into Lee's wife's bank account, the cue was never sent - and Lee continued to play with it.
Snooker player Stephen Lee has been charged with fraud in relation to the sale of a snooker cue.
The 39-year-old, once ranked number 5 in the world, will appear before magistrates in Swindon on May 28th.
Snooker player Stephen Lee maintained his innocence after being handed a lengthy ban for match-fixing.
"I'm absolutely devastated. I've done nothing wrong and I'm totally innocent," Lee told reporters.
Lee has always denied the allegations, which relate to seven matches played in 2008 and 2009, and said he was confident of winning an appeal.
Snooker authorities have described it as "the worst case of snooker corruption we've seen".
World Snooker's head of disciplinary Nigel Mawer said banned player Stephen Lee had "thrown away" a successful career:
Snooker player Stephen Lee from Trowbridge says he will appeal against a 12 year ban issued to him for match fixing.
Snooker authorities said the 12-year match-fixing ban handed to Stephen Lee will be backdated to October 2012.
This means the 38-year-old will not be allowed to play professional snooker until October 2024, effectively ending his sporting career.
Lee, the former world number five, was found guilty of match-fixing charges relating to seven matches in 2008 and 2009.
Snooker authorities said the 12-year ban handed to Stephen Lee showed their determination to stamp out corruption in the sport.
Jason Ferguson, the chairman of the World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association, said:
Stephen Lee has been banned for 12 years after being found guilty of seven match-fixing charges, World Snooker has confirmed
Stephen Lee faces a potential life ban from snooker after being found guilty of fixing seven matches.
The 38-year-old former world number five has been found guilty of match-fixing charges relating to seven matches in 2008 and 2009.
Although the World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association will not confirm Lee's punishment until next Tuesday, WPBSA chairman Jason Ferguson confirmed he faces "a significant sanction".
It is the biggest case of match-fixing to hit the sport since Australian Quinten Hann was suspended for eight years in 2006 for breaking rules governing match-fixing.
Stephen Lee has been suspended from the World Snooker tour while investigations into suspicious betting patterns in last night's match against John Higgins are taking place, the World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association said.