Gareth Bale's girlfriend's father in US jail on fraud charge
Martin Rhys-Jones was extradited to America accused of running a global boiler room scam
DAYS after Gareth Bale became the world's most expensive footballer it has emerged that his girlfriend's father could face 30 years in a US prison for fraud.
Court papers filed in New York revealed that Martin Rhys-Jones - father of Bale's childhood sweetheart Emma Rhys-Jones - has been charged with conspiracy to commit wire fraud and money laundering.
He was arrested in Barcelona in May by the Fugitives Unit of the Spanish National Police and extradited to America in June.
The 49-year-old, currently in prison in Buffalo, New York state, is accused of a global 'boiler room' scam in which he allegedly tricked investors into handing over millions.
His telemarketing company, set up in Spain in 2005, allegedly employed six people to make 'high pressure' cold calls offering shares in US-listed companies at a higher price than they were worth, reports The Times.
Rhys-Jones is accused of ordering staff to issue fraudulent press releases, which failed to state that the stocks could not easily be resold.
The indictment claims the company took more than $5m from investors before transferring the money to bank accounts in several countries, including the US and Britain. Rhys-Jones allegedly used false identities, including 'Martin Reece' and 'John Allen'.
The reports follow Bale's world-record £85.3m transfer to Real Madrid on Monday.
Rhys-Jones is likely to stand trial next year, with the charges carrying a maximum sentence of 30 years and a fine of up to £160,000.
His daughter, Emma Rhys-Jones, has been Bale's girlfriend since they were teenagers at Whitchurch High School in Cardiff. Martin is understood to have separated from Emma's mother, Suzanne, before moving to Spain in 2005.
Martin Rhys-Jones's lawyer did not respond to a request for comment, while Bale's agent said: “It's nothing to do with him.” ·