Former UDM boss Neil Greatrex found guilty of stealing almost £150,000 from charity

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A FORMER UDM boss has been found guilty of stealing almost £150,000 from a charity that ran a care home for sick and elderly miners.

Neil Greatrex, 61, of Shepherds Lane, Sutton, who was a former president of the UDM, was convicted of 14 counts of theft between June 2000 and May 2006.

Co-defendant Mick Stevens (60), of May Lodge Drive, Rufford Park, was acquitted of all the charges.

His Honour Judge John Wait told Greatrex: “You have been convicted of a series of serious thefts and I can see only one possible sentence - that is prison.”

He added that because of his age and previous good character, probation service reports would be required.

He has been released on bail. A date for sentencing has yet to be set.

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.

Speaking after the verdict Graham Wragg, economic crime officer, South Yorkshire Police, said: “Greatrex was head of the UDM and was stealing money from the charity set up to look after the well-being of sick and elderly miners.

They put him in a position of trust and he stole from them. He made no comment during interviews and showed no remorse for what he had done.”