Thieving union rep must pay back £7,000

A disgraced union treasurer who stole £53k from the coffers to fund a lavish lifestyle of ski trips and private school fees must pay back £7,628.23 of his ill gotten gains.

Friday, 10th June 2016, 11:00 am
Updated Monday, 13th June 2016, 12:00 pm
Union treasurer Heath List
Union treasurer Heath List

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.

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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.