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Cotswold Water Park conman Dennis Grant must repay £319k

Dennis Grant
Image caption Dennis Grant defrauded the water park trust of more than £700,000

A charity chief executive who defrauded a nature trust of more than £700,000 has been ordered to pay compensation.

Dennis Grant, 64, of Banbury, Oxfordshire, was jailed for four years and four months in July 2011 for stealing the cash from the Cotswold Water Park.

At Gloucester Crown Court on Friday Judge William Hart gave Grant a year to repay £318,950 to the charity.

If he fails he will have to serve an extra three and a half years in prison.

Judge Hart issued a confiscation order through the Proceeds of Crime Act to recover the money for the park, which is on the Wiltshire-Gloucestershire border.

Grant had admitted diverting money for the organisation into his own bank account and pleaded guilty to six charges of fraud.

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

One of the transfers into his account totalled £299,000 while others of more than £100,000 were also paid.

The offences occurred between November 2006 and January 2009.

A new charity, the Cotswold Water Park Trust, took over from the Cotswold Water Park Society Limited in March last year.

The Cotswold Water Park is made up of 150 lakes on the Gloucestershire and Wiltshire border which were created through gravel extraction.

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