On 4 April 2012, two men appeared before Westminster Magistrates' Court in response to a summons in connection with an alleged £1 million fraud relating to contracts entered into by JJB Sports plc (JJB) in 2008. This followed investigations carried out by the Serious Fraud Office following a referral by the Office of Fair Trading.
Christopher Ronnie (50) was the Chief Executive of JJB between August 2007 and March 2009. He is charged with:
- three Fraud Act offences in relation to failure to disclose interests in contracts entered into by the company;
- two money laundering offences;
- two offences of furnishing false information contrary to s17(1)(b) of the Theft Act 1968.
David Patrick Ball (51) is an accountant and joint beneficial owner of Fashion & Sport Limited, a supplier to JJB. He is charged with:
- three offences of furnishing false information contrary to S17(1)(b) of the Theft Act 1968.
Both defendants were released on unconditional bail.
Update as of 10 January 2014
The court lifted reporting restrictions in relation to an additional defendant, David Barrington. Mr Barrington was charged in August 2013 alongside business partner David Ball with two counts of perverting the course of justice, in connection with digital material.
They are both due to appear alongside Chris Ronnie at Southwark Crown Court on 2 May 2014 for a pre-trial hearing.
Update 17 December 2013
The next hearing has been scheduled for 3 January 2014 at Southwark CC.
Update 20 November 2013
The trial has been postoned to 22 September 2014, to be held at Southwark CC.
Update 13 September 2013
The trial has been postponed to a provisional date of 8 September 2014. Reporting restrictions apply.
Update 5 September 2013
The trial has been postponed with a date to be advised. Mention Hearing at Southwark Crown Court fixed for Christopher Ronnie and David Ball on 9 September. Reporting restrictions apply.
Update 5 August 2013
The trial is scheduled to start on 9 September 2013.
Update 28 June 2013
Following a hearing on 28 June 2013, a further mention hearing has been scheduled for 2 August 2013 at Southwark Crown Court. The trial is scheduled to start on 9 September 2013.
Update 2 May 2013
The Plea and Case Management Hearing has now been rescheduled and will take place at Southwark Crown Court on 28 June 2013.
Update 13 February 2013
A Plea and Case Management Hearing was held on 12 February 2013. Both defendants pleaded not guilty. A further Plea and Case Management hearing will take place at Southwark Crown Court on 10 June 2013.
Update 14 January 2013
A Plea and Case Management Hearing will take place on 12 February 2013.
Update 26 July 2012
The first case management hearing took place at Southwark Crown Court on 25 July 2012.
The trial has been provisionally set for 9 September 2013.
Both defendants remain on unconditional bail.
Update 16 July 2012
The first case management hearing will take place at Southwark Crown court on 25 July 2012.