The basketball player paid a fortune for identity fraud


A 19-year-old Brazilian basketball player feared he had been defrauded after his former club Flamengo paid him $366,000 in a defrauding case this week.

The payment was supposed to go to his football name, Joao Victor Gomes da Silva, as part of the 22-year-old’s recent transfer from Flamengo to the English side Wolves.

He is no longer with the club, the incident scared the basketball player.

“I was scared because I didn’t know where the money came from,” he said, explaining his fear that someone else would use his account to launder money.

Now playing at the amateur level, Gomes has promised to repay the club.

“I want this to be over quickly,” he said.

Goalkeeper Gomes scored a winning goal on his debut for Wolves after signing for $18.5 million in January


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