By Jonathan Davies

The chief executive of former High Street sport retailer JJB Sports has been convicted of fraud following offences committed during his time in charge of the company.

Christopher Ronnie, 52, of Wilmslow in Cheshire, was found guilty of taking more than £1 million in bankhanders.

Ronnie denied fraud but was found guilty of accepting six-figures payments from suppliers between 2007 and 2008.

He did not make the board aware of the payment and used them to buy a property in Florida, Southwark Crown Court heard.

Ronnie was found guilty on three counts of fraud and two on furnishing false information. Two of his partners, David Ball, 54, from Sutton, Surrey and David Barrington, 52, of Sale, Greater Manchester, were found guilty of perverting to course of justice after helping Ronnie to cover his tracks.

Ronnie said he would provide documents and information relating to an £11m debt he owed Icelandic Bank Kaupthing Singer Friedlander. But the information was falsified.

The three men with be sentence on 12 December.

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