Dance instructor admits Olympic closing ceremony fraud

A dance instructor involved in a scam that promised children a role in the Olympic closing ceremony has pleaded guilty to fraud.

Steve Moonesamy, 35, of Lowlands Close, Northampton, pleaded guilty to eight counts of fraud at Northampton Crown Court.

He had been involved in a company that approached dancers to perform in the ceremony and companies for sponsorship.

He will be sentenced later this year following reports.

About 75 pupils, aged between nine and 19, are thought to have been duped by the scam and had been practising for the event.

Detectives from Operation Podium investigated reports of the sponsorship offers after a referral by the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (Locog).

Locog has confirmed that RWB Project, Midlands, is not associated with the Olympic or Paralympic Games.

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