Thieving union rep must pay back Â£7,000
A disgraced union treasurer who stole Â£53k from the coffers to fund a lavish lifestyle of ski trips and private school fees must pay back Â£7,628.23 of his ill gotten gains.
BAe worker Heath List, 49, used his position with the union Unite to write 283 cheques to himself, his family and utility firms – despite having a household income of almost £100,000 a year.
He is serving 20 months in prison after admitting 15 fraud and theft charges in March.
In proceedings brought under the Proceeds of Crime Act, a judge at Preston Crown Court ordered List to pay the amount within three months or face a further four months in jail in default.
The court said he had benefitted to the tune of £58,079.96 but his available assets were worth £7,628.23
Much of the money pilfered by List was earmarked for charity contributions – including £2,000 destined for the Japanese Tsunami Appeal, which funded a family ski holiday for List.
He also paid for a private education and the upkeep of a pony for his daughter from the Union coffers.
List took over the role of treasurer of the Fylde Coast Branch in 2000 from a colleague at BAe.
Preston Crown Court previously heard List, now of Lingwell Gate Lane, Wakefield, started “borrowing” money from the union funds after his wife Sarah, a headteacher, was seriously injured in a car accident in 2003.
Unable to work, she placed increasing demands on her husband to provide a lifestyle of three holidays a year and an expensive education, the court heard.