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17Sep92 UK: FORMER WIMPEY MEN CHARGED WITH FRAUD CONSPIRACY.

A former Wimpey boss has been accused of swindling more than £30,000 in a house renovation scheme.Five former Wimpey employees appeared before magistrates on Tuesday charged with conspiring with the firm's former North-West regional director Allan Worthington.They are said to have used Wimpey's assets to modernise a detached house less than a mile from Mr Worthington's luxury home in Formby, Merseyside.But 50-year-old Mr Worthington failed to appear in court at Bootle because he was ill.The six were arrested earlier this year as part of Operation Cheetah, Merseyside police's investigation into alleged corruption.The five are charged with conspiring with Mr Worthington to defraud Wimpey Construction UK and its shareholders of £31,432 by fraudulently using its assets for a purpose other than those of the company, namely the renovation and modernisation of a house at Formby.The men in the dock included a former regional commercial manager, a regional manager and a quantity surveyor for Wimpey.They were John Kew, 42, of Cunningham Drive, Unsworth, Bury; Christopher Wardley, 51, of Clarendon Square, Leamington Spa, Warwickshire; Keith Hastie, 48, of Carlton Walk, Old Swan, Liverpool; Richard Dobson, 65, of Links Close, Wallasey, Merseyside; and Stanley Thompson, 64, of Sunbourne Road, Aigburth, Liverpool.They were unconditionally bailed until November 26.Mr Worthington is charged with conspiracy with the five. The case against him was adjourned for seven days.