David Silva and Manuel Pellegrini victims of £150,000 credit card scam

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The pair were targeted by a professional con-man in 2015 and lost a considerable amount of money, though both have now been reimbursed

Manchester City star David Silva and former manager Manuel Pellegrini were the victims of a £150,000 credit card fraud, according to a report from the Manchester Evening News.

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Professional con-artist Jonathan Reuben posed as Silva to withdraw £20,950 in cash from the midefielder's bank in Manchester in September 2015.

Reuben, also known as Jonathon Davies, travelled to four branches of Silva’s bank - at Wigan, Bolton, Bury and Prestwich - before using the card to make withdrawals from cashiers and machines.

Then-City boss Pellegrini later discovered he was also a victim of the same scam, losing around £130,000, as his card was refused at a restaurant.

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At the time of the scam, Reuben, who has since been jailed for 20 months after admitting three counts of fraud, was serving a 14-week suspended sentence for posing as a company director in another £14,000 scam.

Sentencing Judge Patrick Field QC told Reuben: “Simply because Mr Silva and Mr Pellegrini are wealthy individuals does not provide you or anyone else with an excuse for stealing from them.

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“These were unpleasant offences, they undoubtedly caused distress and upset to both gentlemen and I have little doubt that they caused embarrassment when Mr Pellegrini found his card was refused by a restaurant.”

Prosecutor Tim Greenald said: “He purported to be Mr Silva, he signed the new card that had been sent out and identified himself as Mr Silva. Mr Reuben was wearing a cap, but apart from that there was no other attempt at disguise.

“On October 3 Mr Pellegrini attempted to use his debit card to pay for a meal in a restaurant. That transaction was declined because at the time, unbeknown to him, a replacement card had been sent out and the existing one cancelled.”

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