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Ex-Cotswold Water Park Society boss in court over fraud

Dennis Grant
Image caption Mr Grant is accused of obtaining more than £700,000 intended for the society

The former chief executive of the Cotswold Water Park Society has appeared in court to face seven charges of fraud totalling more than £700,000.

Dennis Grant, of Banbury, Oxfordshire, is alleged to have made false representations to obtain money which was intended for the society.

The 63-year-old was bailed to appear back at Stroud Magistrates Court in May for a committal hearing.

The alleged offences happened between November 2006 and January 2009.

Mr Grant is accused of making false representations to companies or their representatives and having money paid into his own accounts which should have gone to Cotswold Water Park.

The charges followed a complaint by the Cotswold Water Park which was investigated by Gloucestershire Police's economic crime unit.

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

Earlier this month, 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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