Cue lands snooker player in trouble

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iol news pic Britain Snooker Lee Fined AP FILE - British snooker player Stephen Lee. Banned snooker player Stephen Lee has pleaded guilty to fraud and been fined after selling a fan a cue on Facebook and then failing to send it. (AP Photo/Andrew Matthews/PA, File)

Swindon, England - Banned snooker player Stephen Lee has been fined 1 815 pounds after pleading guilty to fraud for selling a fan a cue on Facebook, but not sending it.

Lee, once the fifth-ranked player in the world, appeared before the Magistrates Court in Swindon on Monday following a police investigation prompted by a complaint by Marco Fai Pak Shek of Hong Kong.

Shek agreed to buy the cue from Lee for 1,600 pounds ($2,689) but never received it. Lee must now pay back that money in addition to a 110-pound ($185) fine and 105 pounds ($176) in additional fees.

Lee was found guilty last September of seven charges of match fixing in 2008 and 2009 and received a 12-year ban from the sport. His appeal was dismissed last month.


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