United manager speaks out after fraud sentencing

Library image: Dennis Greene at York Street.
Library image: Dennis Greene at York Street.

Greene (47), of Fishtoft Road, Boston, falsely claimed £6,166.86 in housing and council tax benefit between September 2011 and January 2013 while living in St Neots, Cambridgeshire.

He was sentenced at Peterborough Magistrates’ Court following an investigation by Huntingdonshire District Council’s Fraud Team.

The court was told that Greene had made claims for housing and council tax benefit between 2011 and 2012 from Stonehill, St Neots, and then from 2012 to 2013 at Market Square, St Neots.

On his claim forms, Greene, initially said that he was unemployed and claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance.

He then claimed from March 2012 that he was in low paid employment and from July 2012 that he was unemployed again.

However, a tip-off from a member of the public suggested that Greene was actually employed and working as the manager of St Neots Football Club.

Enquiries made by council investigators revealed that Greene had worked as the manager for both St Neots and Histon football clubs when he had claimed benefit declaring that he was unemployed.

Greene pleaded guilty to all three charges put to him and on Wednesday, February 5, and received a 12 month community order with a requirement to complete 100 hours’ unpaid work.

As well as repaying the £6,166.86 he falsely claimed, Greene was ordered to pay £1,000 compensation and £500 costs to the council.

Mr Greene told The Standard the claims relate almost entirely to his time at St Neots, when he was working limited hours and on a low wage. Claimants of Jobseeker’s Allowance can work up to an average of 16 hours a week.

When he joined Histon as a full time employee, he signed off, though there was an overlapping period, he said, of about two or three weeks when he remained on benefits.

Of his time at St Neots, he said: “I was probably working eight hours a week. The hours were very small, it was part time and we were in the UCL so it wasn’t a lot of money I was getting by managing that football club. I get a full time job and signed off.”

Mr Greene said he could have challenges the allegations to him, but was keen to resolve the matter sooner rather than later.

He said: “It would just have dragged on and it’s a weight on your shoulders when it could have just been put to bed.”

He maintained his commitment to Boston United.

He said: “I’m perfectly happy at Boston United. If the chairman wants me to stay at the foootball club, hopefully this will not become to much of a problem.”