The former brother-in-law of Victoria and David Beckham has been jailed for 30 months for her role in a scam from a £ 800,000 boiler.
Darren Flood has found "high net worth" investors to steal and his scammers have played his ties with the Manchester United football legend with pensioners looking for savings.
Flood – the former husband of Spice Girl's sister Victoria Beckham – was a director of The Commodities Link, who called the elders to sell them useless "rare earth metals".
Friday was sentenced alongside five others to Kingston Crown Court for conspiracy to commit fraud with false representations.
Two dozen victims lost £ 800,000 and a potential goal was the father of former Chelsea midfielder Joe Cole.
There is no suggestion that the Beckham knew anything about the scam or any use of the Beckham name.
Flood, 40, of Hertford, was convicted of fraud after a 10-week process at Kingston Crown Court.
Victims were encouraged to buy "rare earth" metals that are mainly used to make technology products with the promise of big profits but paid up to 200 times over the shares.
They invested more than £ 800,000 – paying up to 200 times more than the original purchase price – between April 2012 and August 2014, but the materials were practically worthless
A co-accused "made a big game "of Flood's bond with the Beckham.
But Joanna Hardy, representing Flood, said her client had never used the link and had no contact with any client in her role as director.
He said he "had the love incident to blame for his relationship with the Beckham family"  Among the 24 victims of fraud, they were a widower, ar, a heterogeneous policeman with multiple sclerosis who complained that a telephone sales agent became violent when he refused to pay more.
A victim, Peter John Harris, told the trial that he had been called by a man who claimed to be called Paul Roberts, a pseudonym used by Paul Muldoon, 34, who spoke of Becks' connection.
Mr. Harris, who lost £ 100,000 in the scheme, said: "I do not think he mentioned much about the company itself.
" He made a game about his experience in the market and that of his partners.
"Also, even at that early stage, he made a great game about Darren Flood as a director."