This is where Hellawell comes in. The ex-politician has become an expert at squashing fraud claims after Goldshield, the pharmaceutical group he also chairs, was acquitted of defrauding the NHS. During the Goldshield investigation, Hellawell accused the SFO of wasting resources on the £40m enquiry: "This cannot do anything but damage the SFO’s reputation," he said. "It would be fine if this was a one-off, but they have had no major recent successes. It must come as a bitter blow."Sports Direct deputy chairman Mike Ashley, who owns a 71 per cent shareholding in the business, is no doubt hoping that Hellawell will win a further victory against the SFO. It has been a rough year for Ashley. The entrepreneur also owns troubled football club Newcastle United. In June Ashley attempted to sell the football club off for a loss of £150m. And his troubles don’t end there. Sports Direct is currently embroiled in a war with Tesco. The supermarket chain mistakenly paid Ashley’s Universal Cycles £984,000 for six bicycles, instead of the £984 billed. Tesco is currently chasing its £1m refund. The matter may yet be settled out of court. Related articlesSportswear entrepreneur Mike Ashley loses £150m Retail ruckus: Whelan vs Ashley Mike Ashley: what went wrong?
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