Southend United's Nile Ranger charged with fraud and money laundering

Former Premier League striker Nile Ranger has been charged with fraud and money laundering offences, the Metropolitan Police have confirmed in a statement.

Ranger, 25, is accused of conspiracy to defraud and conspiracy to commit money laundering in February last year.

The Metropolitan Police said the offences relate to the obtaining of a vulnerable person's bank account details by phone with a view to getting hold of their money.

Ranger was charged on Monday and is to appear at Highbury Corner Magistrates' Court in London on Wednesday.

The player, from North London, has previously played for Newcastle United and England under-19s, currently plays for Southend United for whom he has made 11 appearances this season.