American captain on fraud charge

STEVE Massiah made his United States debut with a rapid century against a Minor Counties XI at Stone in Staffordshire in 2000 before climbing the ladder to the captaincy. So this week’s news of his arrest and charge in New York with an alleged £32,000 mortgage fraud has stunned the American cricket community.

Massiah, 32, was one of three men accused of defrauding banks and mortgage companies through loan applications. An alleged co-conspirator was Ed Ahmad, a cricket enthusiast who sponsored the Ed Ahmad Caribbean Cup, New York’s premier tournament for four years to 2008. The Minor Counties XI, captained by Bryan Jones, would remember Massiah very well, as the former Guyana Under-19 batsman smashed a defiant 116 in 105 balls in a seven-run defeat at Stone. He could now miss the United States attempt to qualify for the World Twenty20 in Arab Emirates next March.

It is more than four years since the former England batsman Wayne Larkins was given a 12-month suspended prison sentence at Taunton Crown Court for his part in a £155,000 mortgage fraud involving the purchase of a holiday home in France.

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