The prosecution is today expected to wrap up its case against a Geraldton businessman accused of stealing almost $3 million from an Aboriginal trust fund. The trial of financial adviser Thomas Grahame Greenaway has heard from multiple witnesses who said they had no knowledge of money taken from the trust being used to purchase a local hotel on its behalf. MORE NEWS Mr Greenaway, 70, has sat through the first part of his estimated three-week trial this week in the Geraldton District Court, charged with 33 counts of stealing and one count each of gaining benefit for another by fraud and stealing as a servant. It is alleged he abused his position as trustee of the Yugunga-Nya People’s Trust, a native title claimant group for lands in and around Meekatharra, by stealing $2.9m as its trustee in 2013 and 2014 to buy units in a company which owned the Freemasons Hotel. State prosecutor Jason Chu said forensic accounting revealed Mr Greenaway made multiple transfers between $10,000 and $1.4m from the trust to a company called FAWRKT Pty Ltd, which is an acronym for the initials of his wife and children, and then on to the hotel’s owners the West Harbour Unit Trust to buy units from other unit holders. He said the transfers were accompanied by a “sham” loan agreement by Mr Greenaway as both the trustee and borrower, with terms that heavily favoured the borrower, which was witnessed by a Yugunga-Nya elder who has since died. Mr Greenaway’s lawyer George Giudice said the money had been transferred from the trust in accordance with a legitimate loan agreement and Mr Greenaway had disclosed legal advice he received to the trust that if the trust wanted to invest in commercial ventures it would have to set up a company to maintain its charitable status. Witnesses who appeared in court this week included former unit holders from the West Harbour Unit Trust, members of the advisory committee of the Yugunga-Nya People’s Trust who were sitting while Mr Greenaway was the trustee, the new trustee who reported the alleged offending to police and police who investigated the case. The Freemasons Hotel is currently not owned or run by anyone involved in the case. George Roy Edwards, a former accountant at Edwards and Partners Accountants, gave evidence as a former unit holder who Mr Greenaway bought out of his share of West Harbour in 2010. He said he had never heard the Yugunga-Nya People’s Trust, of which he knew Mr Greenaway was the trustee, in relation to the hotel or the name FAWRKT Pty Ltd until he transferred his units to Mr Greenaway and was under the impression he had entered the venture for himself. Mr Edwards said Mr Greenaway told him he and his wife had fond memories of going to the Freemasons Hotel in their younger days as their favourite hotel and that was part of the reason why he was drawn to it as an investment. When questioned by Mr Giudice, Mr Edwards said he knew Mr Greenaway was interested in improving the hotel but could not recall him mentioning anything to do with traineeships for Aboriginal people there. Former Yugunga-Nya People’s Trust 2015-16 advisory committee member Sharon McDonald said she was aware of many investments on behalf of the trust, but not regarding the purchase of the hotel until 2017 when opposition was raised by current advisory members who said as a community struggling with alcohol addiction, having the hotel was against what they wanted for their people.