JJB Sports boss Christopher Ronnie jailed over £1m fraud

Miranda Moore QC, instructed by the Serious Fraud Office, has secured the conviction of Christopher Ronnie, the former chief executive of sports goods company JJB Sports. Mr Ronnie, who was chief executive between August 2007 and March 2009, was charged with three counts of fraud in relation to failing to disclose interests in contracts entered into by the company. He was also charged with two money laundering offences and two counts of furnishing false information.

David Ball, an accountant and supplier to JJB, was charged with three offences of furnishing false information and two counts of perverting the course of justice. His business partner, David Barrington, was also charged with two counts of perverting the course of justice.

Judge Nicholas Loraine-Smith, sitting at the Crown Court at Southwark, sentenced Mr Ronnie to four years' imprisonment and banned him from being a company director. Messrs Ball and Barrington were sentenced to 18 months in prison each for helping Mr Ronnie cover his tracks.

The conclusion of the case attracted widespread media coverage, including from BBC News and the Telegraph.