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Northampton accountant jailed for defrauding celebrities

Andrew Munday admitted nine counts of fraud. Credit: Police

An accountant from Northampton who admitted defrauding well known names out of more than three million pounds is tonight behind bars.

38-year old Andrew Munday admitted nine counts of fraud against stars like pop star Rita Ora and rugby player Matt Dawson.

“This has been a lengthy and complex investigation dating back to 2016. Munday abused his position of trust, which has caused significant financial and emotional harm to all of the victims. I hope he will use his time in custody to reflect on his actions which have left a trail of misery in its wake."

– DC Richard Barnett
Munday defrauded a number of celebrities Credit: ITV News Anglia

Andrew Munday previously pleaded guilty to six counts of fraud by abuse of position and three counts of money laundering.

The 38 year old admitted using his position as an accountant at the now-defunct 'Blue Cube Business' in Northampton to steal more than £3million over a period of seven years.

His clients included high profile celebrities: Pop star Rita Ora, former England rugby players Matt Dawson and Martin Bayfield and Northampton singer-songwriter VV Brown.

"I realise the money has travelled electronically, that there is no pile of cash in a swag bag to photograph. The impact though is huge, the repercussions as yet unquantifiable. Mr Munday has caused a great deal of distress."

– Martin Bayfield's victim impact statement
Munday bought expensive watches, football memorabilia and property. Credit: Police

“Munday had rifled the bank accounts of those he had been entrusted to manage in order to spend the money on a lavish lifestyle, real estate and gambling."

– Simon David, Prosecutor

Munday spent the money on a lavish lifestyle and gambling addiction.

Most of the money in the case has been recovered. The investigation took just under three years of work.