Former union leader signed cheques for improvements without seeing the invoices

Mick Stevens (left) and Neil Greatrex (right) arriving at Nottingham Crown Court
Mick Stevens (left) and Neil Greatrex (right) arriving at Nottingham Crown Court Photo: ITV Central News

A former union leader from Nottinghamshire, who's accused of stealing almost £150,000 from a miners' care home charity has said in court that he signed cheques for alleged improvements without seeing the invoices for the work.

Mick Stevens, from Rufford, said Neil Greatrex, the co-director of Phoenix Nursing and Residential Home Ltd, would advise him on what work needed doing and he would sign the cheque to pay for the work without seeing invoices.

The two men are accused of stealing money from the care home, which is a subsidiary of the UDM charity Nottinghamshire Miners Home.

A jury at Nottingham Crown Court heard that the men were trustees of this charity and the associated company.

They were both able to sign cheques on its behalf.

It's alleged they billed the charity for improvement work to the care home which was actually being done on their own homes.

They deny 14 allegations of theft.

The trial continues.