Former JJB boss Chris Ronnie to be sentenced for £1m-plus fraud

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Ronnie used part of the money to buy property in Florida
The former chief executive of JJB Sports will be sentenced this week after being found guilty of accepting more than £1m in backhanders from suppliers.

Christopher Ronnie was convicted last month of pocketing six-figure payments from three suppliers while in charge of JJB and failing to declare them to the board.

He will be sentenced at Southwark Crown Court on Friday with his business partners David Ball and David Barrington, who were convicted of helping him cover his tracks.

Ronnie was chief executive of the sportswear firm between August 2007 and March 2009. The retailer fell into administration in 2012.

During his time at the helm, Ronnie was £11m in debt to Kaupthing Singer Friedlander after the bank helped to fund his acquisition of a stake in JJB.

Ronnie, who did not give evidence in his own defence, was convicted of three counts of fraud and two of furnishing false information.

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