Ex-union boss must pay back thousands

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FORMER Union of Democratic Mineworkers (UDM) president Neil Greatrex has been ordered to pay back tens of thousands of pounds that he stole from a charity set up to provide care for sick and elderly miners.

Greatrex, from Stanley, Sutton-in-Ashfield, who is in his early sixties, was found guilty of 14 counts of theft at Nottingham Crown Court on 3 April 2012 and later sentenced to four years’ imprisonment.

At Birmingham Crown Court this week, Greatrex was ordered to pay back £201,327.51 within 28 days or face a further three years in jail by way of a default sentence.

The amount represents the money Greatrex, who was a trustee of the Nottinghamshire Miners Home, stole — £148,628.83 — plus the increase in value of this as calculated on the Retail Price Index. The money will be paid as compensation to the home.

Prosecution costs of £9,098.86 were also awarded by the judge.

Greatrex stole from the charity and a trading subsidiary he had set up and the court heard that he used the money to pay for improvements at his private home.