Gaby Stone, 33, pictured outside Highbury Magistrates’ Court today, allegedly stole £66,000 in sponsorship and appearance fees from long jumper Greg Rutherford
A sports agent who represented Greg Rutherford, Nicola Adams and Louis Smith scammed the Olympic long jumper out of £66,000, a court has heard.
Gaby Stone, 33, allegedly pocketed tens of thousands in sponsorship and appearance fees which should have gone to the Rio bronze medallist.
It is alleged that Stone, who also represented gymnastics silver medallist Smith and two-times gold medalist boxer Adams, did not pay Rutherford money for 15 separate appearances between 2014 and 2015.
The defendant, who has a degree in sport’s sciences from Loughborough University, today appeared at Highbury Magistrates’ Court where he denied one count of theft.
Prosecutor Marila Tuksel told the court there was a contractual agreement between Stone and Rutherford which had not been met.
She said: ‘The defendant was the complainant’s financial and commercial manager.
‘There was a contractual agreement that the defendant and his company would organise commercial fees and sponsorship and the defendant would receive 20 per cent of the earnings and 80 per cent would go to the complainant.
‘It is said he didn’t remunerate the complainant in excess of £66,000 for various commercial appearances. There was some 15 appearances for which monies were supposed to be received going back to 2014.
‘There’s the breach of trust placed in the defendant by the complainant. The amount involved is £66,000 and the crown say the dishonesty was prolonged.’
The 33-year-old allegedly pocketed tens of thousands in sponsorship and appearance fees which should have gone to the Rio bronze medallist (pictured)
It is alleged that Stone did not pay Rutherford (left with his bronze medal right with his daughter at Heathrow) money for 15 separate appearances between 2014 and 2015
The case has now been sent to Blackfriars Crown Court for a preliminary hearing,
Rutherford shot to fame after taking the gold at London 2012 and setting the British record for the long jump.
He was unable to repeat the feat at Rio de Janeiro but still claimed bronze, an accolade he was openly disappointed with.
Stone also represented gymnastics silver medallist Louise Smith (left) and two-times gold medalist boxer Nicola Adams (right)
Since the end of the games, he has announced he will be appearing on Strictly Come Dancing, following the footsteps of Louis Smith.
Stone appeared in the dock in a smart blue shirt and dark trousers. The agent, of Marylebone, London, denies one count of theft.
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