A pervert turned fake football agent who took indecent photos of children has been found dead in a flat.
Jonathan Hope, 38, was stalking women while pretending to be a convert to Islam, it is claimed.
Hope is believed to have killed himself in a flat in Govan, Glasgow, last week.
He once falsely bragged he brokered England star Danny Welbeck’s £16million move to Arsenal.
Hope tried to gag The Daily Record in 2014 in a bid to stop them revealing his two convictions for child sex abuse offences, but his lawyers pulled out at the last minute.
Last night, a source told The Daily Record: “Hope claimed he’d converted to Islam and was said to be attending a mosque five times a day for prayers.
“He was ostracised from Ayrshire when people realised what he’d done. He disappeared from Ayr a year ago.”
The source added: “His whole life was made up. He’d lie about the child offences and claimed he was in jail for beating someone up.
“We heard he was stalking women while pretending to be a convert to Islam. Nobody in Ayrshire will be surprised to hear this.”
A former girlfriend said: “He was a regular user of steroids.
“He created a fantasy life to lure women and people with money. He came across as plausible. The loss of his fake lifestyle would have hit him hard.”
Police confirmed they attended at an address in Govan after reports of a sudden death, adding: “There are no suspicious circumstances.”
Last August, Hope was convicted at Ayr Sheriff Court after he took indecent photos of kids between 2011 and 2014.
He was ordered to carry out community service and was placed on the sex offenders’ register for three years.
It was his second conviction involving children after he’d been jailed in 2003 for three counts of downloading depraved images.
The Record revealed Hope had claimed to be a top football agent – despite not being registered with the SFA or the English FA.