Just when you thought things couldn’t get worse for Adam Johnson, it turns out his family have been swindled out of £170K by a ‘former MI6 agent’ who claimed he had evidence that would clear him of child sex charges.
The Johnson family made a bunch of payments to a man who said he’d ensure Johnson goes free.
Well it turns out they weren’t dealing with a ‘former MI6 agent’ at all, but rather one of England’s most notorious con artists, Mark Hill-Wood.
This is Mark:
They realised something wasn’t quite right when this so-called evidence failed to materialise and Johnson was found guilty and sentenced to 6 years.
Hill-Wood claims he spent 25 years working for GCHQ and MI6, when in reality he runs his scam business ‘FullProof Intelligence’ from a postal box in the City of London. It appears the Johnsons fell for a professionally-produced website selling his services.
Police are looking into the payments made from Adam Johnson Promotions Ltd, the first of which (£10,000) was paid just days after Johnson was first arrested.
A former associate of Hill-Wood says:
He was always boasting about the work he was doing for Adam Johnson.
The total sum of £170K is less than three weeks’ wages Johnson was earning at Sunderland, but it’s obviously still a hefty sum. Hill-Wood is already under investigation for fraud offences he committed in October 2014, so I guess this provides police with some extra ammunition, so to speak. I’m not sure what evidence Johnson’s family thought this guy could possibly find that would categorically disprove Johnson performed a sexual act on a 15-year-old schoolgirl, but I guess you keep the faith when it’s your own flesh and blood involved.
As if that wasn’t all bad enough though, it’s transpired that Adam Johnson’s victim stands to make a small fortune if she now decides to sue him.