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Footballer Nile Ranger charged with fraud and money laundering

Nile Ranger Image copyright Southend United FC
Image caption Nile Ranger, who currently plays for Southend United, will appear in court in London later

A footballer has been charged over an alleged scam involving a vulnerable person's bank details being taken so their savings could be accessed.

Southend United striker Nile Ranger, 25, has been charged with conspiracy to defraud and conspiracy to commit money laundering, police said.

The offences are alleged to have been committed in February 2015.

Mr Ranger appeared alongside two other defendants at Highbury Corner Magistrates' Court earlier.

Aseany Duncan, 19, was charged with possessing the personal bank details of 500 people on his phone for the use of fraud.

He was also charged with conspiracy to defraud and conspiracy to commit money laundering alongside Mr Ranger and Reanne Morgan, 18.

The case will next be heard at Wood Green Crown Court in the New Year.

Southend United have said Mr Ranger will continue to be available for selection at the League One club.

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Mr Ranger, of Bounds Green, north London, signed a new three-and-a-half year contract with Southend at the start of this month, having started his career at Newcastle United before moving to Swindon Town and then Blackpool.

He joined Southend in the summer after a trial, having not played a first-team game since November 2014 while at Blackpool.

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