Jade Goody's £500,000 fraud anguish

Last updated at 08:17 19 April 2006

Big Brother celebrity Jade Goody told today of her horror after becoming the victim of a chequebook fraud costing her up to £500,000.

The reality television star reported the theft to police in Harlow, Essex, after discovering a number of cheques had been taken from her chequebook.

Goody told a national newspaper she was missing a substantial sum of money from her Abbey National account and believed a friend was responsible for the thefts.

"A number of cheques have gone missing, so it could be anything up to half a million. I have been a victim of theft from someone who I thought was quite close.

"It's upsetting, I don't need this, I'm so busy and I just don't want the aggro," she said.

"It's all the more upsetting when you think it's somebody you can trust. It's horrible," she added in an interview with The Sun.

Goody, who appeared in series three of the Channel 4 show Big Brother, said she had noticed gaps in the sequence of cheque numbers in her chequebook.

On closer inspection, she spotted that cheques had been razored out, she said.

The mother of two, who lives in Ongar, Essex, said she believed the cheques were stolen from her house.

A spokeswoman for Abbey National said the matter had been passed on to the police.

She added: "Fraud is something we take seriously across the whole business and we would investigate each case on an individual basis."

A spokesman for Essex Police yesterday told The Sun: "I can confirm we had a report of a theft made this afternoon."

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