Jade's £500,000 loss
13:30 19 April 2006
Jade Goody has lost almost £500,000 after a friend allegedly stole her cheques.
The former 'Big Brother' star had no idea money had been going missing from her account until she spotted some cheques she couldn't remember cashing.
She first noticed last week when a cheque was cashed for £10,000.
When she examined her accounts, the mother-of-two spotted £42,000 had been taken out the week before.
Investigators later found that 42 cheques taken from the star's chequebook had been cashed in - totalling almost half a million pounds.
Brunette Jade believes an ex-friend stole the cheques from her Essex home and made them payable to himself.
The 25-year-old - who is thought to have made around £3.5 million since leaving the 'Big Brother' house in 2002 - is quoted in Britain's Daily Mirror newspaper as saying: "The cheques have been razored out of my chequebook. He must have been writing them out to himself."
Jade was interviewed by fraud officers yesterday (18.04.06).
An Essex police spokesman is quoted in Britain's The Sun newspaper as saying: "I can confirm we had a report of a theft made this afternoon."
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