Dancer admits eight charges in relation to dance schools Olympics fraud

Dancers from The Dance Factory in Kettering, one of three county dance schools which believed its dancers would get to perform in the closing ceremony of the Olympic Games
Dancers from The Dance Factory in Kettering, one of three county dance schools which believed its dancers would get to perform in the closing ceremony of the Olympic Games
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A dancer has pleaded guilty to setting up a company that pretended it was recruiting children from dance schools in Wellingborough and Kettering to take part in the Olympics closing ceremony.

Stephen Moonesamy, 35, of Lowlands Close, Rectory Farm, Northampton, appeared at Northampton Crown Court this afternoon (Thursday, June 28) and pleaded guilty to eight charges of fraud.

Moonesamy’s fraud was discovered after genuine Olympic Games organisers raised the alarm when they heard rumours of the unofficial company, called The Red White and Blue (RWB) Project.

The company approached three dance schools in the county - two of which were the Dance Factory in Kettering and the Kilburn School of Dance in Wellingborough - and started to choreograph moves the 75 youngsters believed they would be performing at the Olympic stadium in August.

The schools were not the only parties targeted by the alleged fraud. Earl Spencer was sufficiently convinced by the apparent feelgood story that he consented to a request by RWB to write a letter of congratulations to the dancers.

Moonesamy asked to be sentenced today but Judge Lynne Tayton said there was insufficient time.

Simon Ash, prosecuting, said a decision is still to be made over charging Moonesamy’s wife Rebecca with fraud.