Boston United back manager after fraud case

Dennis Greene.
Dennis Greene.

Boston United have backed manager Dennis Greene after his benefit fraud case.

The club have tonight (Tuesday) issued a statement in which they reveal Greene offered his resignation following the court case coming to light.

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.

In a statement released on the club’s official website chairman David Newton said: “As you may be aware, first team manager Dennis Greene has recently been found guilty of falsely claiming benefits. At most football clubs this would be a serious issue, however with past events at Boston United prior to our tenure, this issue becomes very high profile and understandably fans wish to be informed of our position.

“Despite the club’s history, this matter has been dealt with in the same way that all other employment issues are dealt with at Boston United. Through a disciplinary process, we have been able to establish the facts surrounding the case.

“We have taken those facts into account, together with the fact Dennis pleaded guilty in an attempt to minimise the impact on Boston United; he is very upset by his actions and the potential impact on Boston United; he did offer his resignation; he will fully comply with the sentencing requirements and, very importantly, the false claims pre-dated his employment at Boston United.

“The Board of Boston United does not condone Dennis’ actions, but he has been punished already, therefore it was felt that further sanctions by the club would be unwarranted.

“Dennis has accepted the outcome of the disciplinary procedure and he will remain first team manager of Boston United Football Club.”

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, received a 12 month community order with a requirement to complete 100 hours’ unpaid work.

Following the case he told The Standard he could have challenged the allegations, 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.”