Former Nigerian Footballer, Sodje, and 3 of His Brothers Indicted in the UK
Former Nigerian international Sam Sodje and three of his brothers have been charged for fraud in the UK following a long-running investigation into a charity they run.
Sodje, and his brothers Efe, Stephen and Bright were charged with fraudulent trading following a probe by the National Crime Agency (NCA) into allegations of irregularities at the Sodje Sports Foundation (SSF).
As a registered charity, the Foundation enjoyed tax exemptions and other benefits which the brothers allegedly exploited, Daily Mailreports.
They are due to appear in court next month.
Sam Sodje, 37, played in the top flight for Reading during the 2006/07 season, and also turned out for Watford, West Brom, Reading, Brentford, Charlton Athletic, Leeds United, Notts County and Potsmouth.
The defender is no stranger to controversy as he admitted to punching an opposition player in the groin in 2013 so he would be sent off to earn himself a bung of £70,000.
Sam’s brother, Efe, who represented Nigeria in the 2000 African Cup of Nations and the 2002 World Cup, featured for a number of English sides including Luton Town, Colchester United, Crewe Alexandra, Huddersfield Town, Yeovil Town, Southend United, Gillingham and Bury.
A spokesman for the National Crime Agency (NCA) in the UK said: “Four people have been charged with fraud offences after an investigation by the National Crime Agency.
“Bright, Efetobore, Samuel and Stephen Sodje were charged with fraudulent trading and bailed until November 14th when they will appear at Westminster Magistrates Court.
“The four were arrested on July 13th after a three-year NCA investigation into alleged irregularities at the Sodje Sports Foundation.”