THE FOOTBALLER FRAUDSTER

The many faces of Medi Abalimba.

In the last ten years, Medi Abalimba has claimed to be an MI6 agent, premier league soccer star Gael Kakuta, a soccer agent, an NFL player, conned a top record executive into believing he was a Colombian rapper, and convinced Thierry Henry's ex-wife that he was a navy seal. Unlike other con artists, Medi was elite; his MO was rarely the same. In his skilled operation, he became who you want him to be, intently studying his victims to con them out of large sums of cash.

This feature-documentary gets under the skin of how he did it, the psychology of why, and the long-lasting damage caused to the many victims who trusted him.

"Abalimba’s life of crime is being laid bare." THE SUN
"The astonishing story of a football fraudster." THE ATHLETIC
"Dr Donna Youngs says that in her career as a forensic psychologist she has rarely come across a fraud case as extreme as that of Abalimba." THE ATHLETIC
"This is the astonishing story of how a footballer who saw his dreams fade away - and how he used his charm, deceit and manipulation to achieve it." THE NEW YORK TIMES

DURATION

1 x 90-minutes (1 x 67-minute version also available)

BROADCASTER

ITV

YEAR OF PRODUCTION

2023

COUNTRY OF PRODUCTION

UK

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