The jury in the fraud trial of the former chief executive of the Priory Federation of Academies this afternoon retired to consider their verdicts in the case at Lincoln Crown Court.
Richard Gilliland, who headed up the federation until quitting shortly before the findings of an investigation were published, is alleged to have abused his position by giving a job to his son Kia Richardson despite Richardson having previously served a jail sentence for flashing offences.
He is also alleged to have used federation funds for his own purposes and for the benefit of his son.
The federation’s former finance director Stephen Davies is also alleged to have abused his position to defraud the organisation.
Richard Gilliland, 64, who now lives in Spain, denies seven charges of fraud by abuse of position on dates between October 2008 and November 2011.
Stephen Davies, 58, of Abingdon Avenue, Lincoln, also denies three charges of fraud by abuse of position.
The trial, which is currently in its tenth week, began on November 10 last year.
The jury will continue deliberating on Monday.
Due to the judge’s ruling on Friday, November 13, 2015, any comments on the ongoing trial on The Lincolnite will be removed.
Follow the progress of the trial so far:
- Ex-Lincoln academy boss employed son who failed CRB check, fraud trial hears
- Lincoln academy paid £2,480 bill for CEO’s son to attend training course, court hears
- Fraud trial: Lincoln academy’s financial management described as “chaotic”
- ‘Forceful’ ex-Lincoln academy boss rarely backed up expenses with receipts, court hears
- Boss’ son who failed CRB check not interviewed for job at Lincoln academy, trial hears
- Lincoln academy invoice was tampered with, court hears from employee
- Employee tells jury ex-Lincoln federation boss was “drained” by problems with son
- Ex-Lincoln academy boss’ son left trust in “turmoil”, jury told
- Solicitor ‘had no knowledge’ of ex-Lincoln academy CEO’s employment conditions, jury hears
- Ex-Lincoln academy boss provided alternative curriculum for disruptive pupils
- Gilliland fraud trial: No overtime payments were authorised to son
- Ex-Lincoln academy boss considered retirement before he resigned, court hears
- Ex-Lincoln academies boss described as ‘admirable’ as fraud trial resumes
- Federation chairman denies conspiracy to make Gilliland a scapegoat, fraud trial hears
- Lincoln trust sought legal advice after national paper investigated employment of boss’ son
- Ex-Lincoln academy boss in ‘terrible mental state’ prior to fraud probe, court hears
- “I was bullied into it”, says former Lincoln academies’ finance director in fraud trial
- ‘Not a jot of truth’ in fraud allegations, says ex-Lincoln academies boss in defence
- Fraud allegations are “incomprehensible”, says accused ex-Lincoln academies boss
- “I always put the children first,” claims ex-Lincoln academies boss accused of fraud
- Former Lincoln academies boss denies bullying as fraud trial continues
- Ex-Lincoln academies boss defends decision to employ son convicted of flashing
- “It’s total nonsense”, says ex-Lincoln academies boss accused of fraud
- Ex-Lincoln academies finance director had no accountancy qualifications, court hears
- Former Lincoln academies finance director claims fraud accusations are “nonsense”
- Fraud trial jury told former Lincoln academies boss’ credibility is at centre of case
- Jury told ex-Lincoln academies boss was sacrificed as part of “witch-hunt”
- Richard Gilliland prosecuted because of “who he is”, Lincoln fraud trial hears
- Lincoln academies finance director caught up in a “maelstrom”, jury told