The 25-year-old England striker who has represented Crystal Palace and Southampton and made over 50 appearances for Newcastle United, will spend the next eight months behind bars after he was convicted of internet fraud after he moved £2,090 from Diane Bloss account in February 2015 into another account.

Nile Ranger, who is currently with League Two club Southend United, was sentenced to eight months in jail by Wood Green Crown Court on Tuesday after he admitted to charges of conspiracy to defraud by obtaining bank details and transferring money.

Ranger joined Southend later last year and was rewarded for his good form with a three-and-a-half year contract in December worth around £1,000-per-week.

The footballer has a rich history of crime. He was cleared of raping a woman in the Carlton Hotel, in the Jesmond area of Newcastle, after a week-long trial in 2014.

Ranger was fined £6,000 by the FA in March 2012 for making a string of homophobic comments on Twitter, and attracted criticism for posting a picture of his name spelled out in £20 notes that same year.

At the court today, Aseany Duncan, 19, from Enfield, north London, was also handed a prison sentence of eight months for the same offence. Reanne Morgan, 18, also of Enfield, avoided any prison time after the case against him was dropped due to a lack of evidence.

During proceedings, the court heard that Ranger had obtained the details of Ms Bloss’s online HSBC account and transferred the money into a Santander account.

Prosecutor Catherine Rabaiotti told the court: “There was a transfer through an account belonging to an innocent third party.

“There are two parts of the fraud. The fraud to acquire her details and what happened next with the money.”

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