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Jury out in football bosses' case

Jurors who heard charges against three former Derby County football club directors are considering their verdicts after a lengthy fraud trial.

Ex-chief executive Jeremy Keith, 44, of Oxfordshire, ex-director Murdo Mackay, 53, of Fife and ex-finance chief Andrew Mackenzie, 54, all deny any wrongdoing.

They are accused of conspiracy to defraud and conceal criminal property.

Northampton Crown Court heard allegations of financial irregularities during a 2003 takeover of the club.

The court had heard that police officers searched a storage unit in Bournemouth hired by Mr Mackay to store items while he moved from his native Scotland to Spain.

Among items recovered were computer discs and documents, including a life insurance policy bearing the three men's names and valuing their shares in the club at £3m, the jury heard.

At the centre of the case is the allegation that the men also paid themselves £440,625 as a secret commission from club funds for making the deal happen in the first place.



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