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Getting snookered: Banned snooker player fined for not sending cue bought by fan on Facebook

FILE - This is a April 22, 2010 file photo of British snooker player Stephen Lee. Banned snooker player Stephen Lee has pleaded guilty to fraud and been fined Monday June 9, 2014,after selling a fan a cue on Facebook and then failing to send it. Lee, once the fifth-ranked player in the world, was fined 1,815 pounds (US$3,050) by a Magistrates’ Court in Swindon, England which includes 1,600 pounds ($2,685) in compensation to the fan, Marco Fai Pak Shek. (AP Photo/Andrew Matthews/PA, File) UNITED KINGDOM OUT NO SALES NO ARCHIVE

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FILE - This is a April 22, 2010 file photo of British snooker player Stephen Lee. Banned snooker player Stephen Lee has pleaded guilty to fraud and been fined Monday June 9, 2014,after selling a fan a cue on Facebook and then failing to send it. Lee, once the fifth-ranked player in the world, was fined 1,815 pounds (US$3,050) by a Magistrates’ Court in Swindon, England which includes 1,600 pounds ($2,685) in compensation to the fan, Marco Fai Pak Shek. (AP Photo/Andrew Matthews/PA, File) UNITED KINGDOM OUT NO SALES NO ARCHIVE

SWINDON, England - Talk about getting snookered.

A banned snooker player has been fined $3,050 after pleading guilty to fraud for selling a fan a cue on Facebook, but not sending it.

Stephen Lee was once the world's fifth-ranked player. He appeared before the Magistrates Court in Swindon on Monday following a police investigation prompted by a complaint by Marco Fai Pak Shek of Hong Kong.

Shek agreed to buy the cue from Lee for $2,689 but never received it. Lee must now pay back that money in addition to a $185 fine and $176 in fees.

Lee was found guilty last September of match fixing in 2008 and 2009. He received a 12-year ban from the sport. His appeal was dismissed last month.

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