Lincolnshire: Thief lied to get church job

In Court
In Court

The former chief executive of the Lincoln Diocese has been given a suspended jail term after admitting lying about his qualifications to get his job.

Max Manin, who held the post between 2004 and 2012, claimed on his CV he had a first class honours degree in English Literature and Fine Art from the University of Sheffield in 1979. He also falsely claimed that he held a management diploma.

Instead he was a convicted thief who was jailed at Wood Green Crown Court in 1993 for theft and false accounting after stealing money from an NHS medical practice where he worked and then attempting to cover it up.

Nottingham Crown Court heard after coming out of prison Manin reinvented himself.

He changed his name and enrolled at Sheffield University as a mature student, but dropped out towards the end of his third year without taking his final exams.

He later became deputy director of the gay rights group Stonewall and applied for the Lincoln Diocese post when it became vacant in 2004.

Jonathon Dee, prosecuting, said Manin would never even have been interviewed for the job if his true qualifications were known.

He held down his job for eight years before his lack of qualifications came to light after a building project he headed overspent by £300,000.

Alison Summers, defending, said Manin was remorseful and had worked hard while he was in the position.

Manin, 54, of Oakbank Crescent, Perth, Scotland, admitted obtaining a pecuniary advantage by deception by falsely representing that he held a degree when applying for the position in April 2004.

He also admitted a charge of fraud after lying about his qualifications claiming to have both a first degree and an MBA in an unsuccessful application for a job with the Bristol-based Penny Brohn Cancer Charity in 2007.

He was sentenced to 12 months in prison, suspended for 18 months and 200 hours of unpaid work.

Passing sentence Judge Stokes told Manin: “You have behaved in a thoroughly dishonest way.”

“It really is disgraceful behaviour to rely on the Christian charity of the Bishop and reveal your previous convictions when at the same time giving a completely and false impression of your qualifications,” he added.