Gloucestershire

Ex Cotswold lakes boss committed for trial over fraud

Dennis Grant
Mr Grant is accused of obtaining more than £700,000 which was meant for the society

Cotswold Water Park Society's former chief executive has been committed to crown court for trial on charges of fraud totalling more than £700,000.

Dennis Grant, of Banbury, Oxfordshire, faces seven charges that he made "false representations to gain an advantage for himself".

The 63-year-old is due to appear at Gloucester Crown Court for a preliminary hearing on 17 June.

The alleged offences occurred between November 2006 and January 2009.

Heart attack

Mr Grant is accused of making false representations to companies or their representatives and having money - intended for the society - paid into his own accounts.

The charges followed an investigation by Gloucestershire Police's economic crime unit, acting on a complaint by the Cotswold Water Park.

Nick Hanson, the society's former finance director, was also arrested but died of a heart attack last year at his home in Coventry.

In March this year, the management of the Cotswold Water Park Society was officially handed over to a charitable organisation.

The new Cotswold Water Park Trust has now taken over the running of part of the lakes tourist attraction and conservation area.

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