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Lee guilty of snooker cue fraud

ESPN staff
June 9, 2014
Stephen Lee was banned for 12 years for match-fixing © PA Photos

Former world No.5 Stephen Lee has been fined for failing to send a personalised cue he sold to a fan on Facebook for £1,600.

Marco Fai Pak Shek, a fan in Hong Kong, paid the money into the bank account of Lee's wife. Despite the money being transferred, Lee continued to use the cue.

Lee pleaded guilty to fraud at Swindon Magistrates' Court and was told to repay the £1,600. He was also fined £110.

In May, Lee was ordered to pay £125,000 in costs after his appeal to overturn a 12-year ban for match-fixing was dismissed.

The five-time ranking event winner was given the ban after he was found guilty of seven charges in 2008 and 2009, including a match at the World Championship.

The World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association described Lee's involvement as "the worst case of snooker corruption we've seen".

Meanwhile, World Snooker have announced that Ali Carter's world ranking position of No.13 will be frozen while he receives treatment for lung cancer.

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