The Antwerp criminal court has sentenced the ‘football broker’ Bram Schrier (62) to five years’ split for fraudulent practices. The Antwerp Dutchman, who is currently in a British prison on suspicion of drug smuggling, presented himself as a major football agent and stole almost three million euros from business partners.
Abraham ‘Bram’ Schrier is unknown in the football world. He once made it to assistant coach at Royal Antwerp FC, but in recent years he has mainly presented himself at football clubs as a football agent. One who said he had good relations with football clubs such as Arsenal, Manchester City or Anderlecht. For example, he knew 756,000 euros separately from the weeks of the chairman, who never saw the money again.
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To gain confidence, to reveal various documents proving his creditworthiness. For example, he let his suspicions believe that he owned a hotel complex, which could serve as collateral for loans. But those documents turned out to be false. Schrier also brandished UEFA licenses, which showed he was a licensed football agent. Which are also clearly counterfeit.
The Dutchman Ronald Colpa also crossed Bram Schrier’s path. When a young guy Colpa was seriously injured in an accident, two of his friends died and he ended up in a wheelchair. “De entrusted his debt to Bram Schrier and lost it,” pleaded his lawyer Philippe Carsau. “He has been scandalously misled.” Colpa himself calls the last ten years ‘a rollercoaster’. “He shared my last money with me, I now live on a compensation payment. I am financially broke.”
The court sentences Bram Schrier to five years of destruction, a fine of 8,000 euros and confiscations of 149,000 euros. The final also clarifies the immediate arrest. Bram Schrier was arrested in June this year in the United Kingdom, where he is suspected of being infected by cocaine smuggling. Interesting detail: in the months before his arrest, Schrier was mainly noticed in the company of former criminal lawyer Pol Vandemeulebroucke.