UDM leaders trial: Work on union bosses’ private homes invoiced to charity, court told

THE trial of two former Mansfield union leaders accused of stealing almost £150,000 from a charity has heard further evidence from a company which carried out work for the pair.

Ex-UDM president Neil Greatrex and general secretary Mick Stevens, both 60, are accused of 14 counts of theft between June 2000 and May 2006.

It is alleged they used the money to make improvements to their own homes.

Greatrex, of Shepherds Lane, Sutton, and Stevens, of Maylodge Drive, Rufford Park, Newark, were trustees of the Nottinghamshire Miners Home Charity, which ran a care home in Chapel St Leonards.

The pair were also directors of Phoenix Nursing and Residential Home Ltd, a company set up as a trading subsidiary of the charity.

This morning (Thursday) Nottingham Crown Court continued to hear from Peter Minkley, owner of Minkley and Sons Ltd.

Yesterday he told the court that on a number of occasions his company had done work at the private homes of Greatrex and Stevens.

But instead of invoicing the men themselves, the prosecution say the bills were sent to the Phoenix care home for payment.

Mukul Chowla, defending Stevens, pointed out that when Mr Minkley made a statement to police in 2007, only once did he mention an invoice being sent to the Phoenix care home.

“Apart from one mention of the Phoenix in relation to an amount of £1,537.05, all of the rest is invoices sent to Vendside,” he said.

Vendside was an arm of the UDM set up to deal with miners compensation claims and was based at the Mansfield headquarters.

Mr Minkley told the court that at the time he considered the UDM, Vendside and the care home as all being the same entity.

The trial continues.