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Morris dancer is accused of having her ‘hands in the till’ during a lawsuit with her family

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A Morris dancer who was in charge of her late parents’ £2m fortune has been fired as executor of the estate after she was accused of having her ‘hands in the till’.

Dana Conlin and her brother Eugene were appointed after their deaths in 2012 to care for Rosina and Charles’ multi-million dollar properties in South Wales.

The will instructed them to look after the family estate until their late brother Daniel’s children were old enough to inherit their combined third of the estate.

But Dana and Eugene – who got into an argument in 2017 – were accused of using the estate for “personal gain” and have now been charged by their nieces and nephews.

They used the estate’s credit card for personal purchases and placed Dana’s son in an estate for free.

Dana devalued her parents’ six-bedroom house by £175,000 after deterring buyers with “stinky clutter” and “full ashtrays” while living there, the Supreme Court heard.

Now she and her brother have both been removed as executors and trustees by a judge at the London court. Dana was handed an expense account of £90,000.

Morris dancer Dana Conlin (pictured) and her brother Eugene were appointed after their deaths in 2012 to care for Rosina and Charles’ multi-million dollar properties in South Wales. They were charged with using the estate for “personal gain” and were charged by their nieces and nephews

Dana used estate credit card for personal purchases and set up her son in estate for free, court heard

Dana used estate credit card for personal purchases and set up her son in estate for free, court heard

The court heard that the siblings’ mother, Rosina, died in 2012 and their father Charles the following year, after leaving a mirror will.

Their estates include “significant assets” including Bell House, in Magor, Caldicot, comprising 11 commercial units and worth an undisclosed seven-figure sum.

They also left developing land worth £1.2 million, and the couple’s home, White Heather, in Penhow, which later sold for £650,000.

Charles and Rosina had four children, but only Dana and Eugene are alive.

Daniel’s three children, Shannon Roberts, 27, Kitty Conlin, 25, and Ethan Conlin 21, now have the right to inherit just over a third of the estate between them.

But Dana and Eugene, who each had a quarter share, are the executors and trustees and have still not cashed in on the assets in the estate after a drastic spat between the couple in 2017.

They were taken to court last month by their cousins, who accused them of mismanaging the estate and using it to cover their personal expenses, despite having already received £50,000 each from their inheritance.

James Poole, the cousins’ attorney, told Judge Master William Hansen that they say both their uncle and aunt have spent money on estates.

The court heard that Dana's mother Rosina (left) died in 2012, and their father Charles (right) died the following year

The court heard that Dana’s mother Rosina (left) died in 2012, and their father Charles (right) died the following year

“Eugene says Dana used the estate’s credit card for personal purchases, so he started doing that,” he said.

“Eugene says Dana’s son lived in one of the Bell House flats and paid no rent.”

He also told the judge that White had sold Heather for just £625,000, although marketed for £800,000.

Eugene blames that “undervalue” and resulting damage to the estate to his sister Dana, who lived in the house for four years before it was sold in 2017.

“Eugene says the loss has to do with how Dana treated the house,” the attorney said, reading a letter to the judge in which Eugene claimed that during viewings the property was “a complete mess” with “cars and vans everywhere, full ashtrays, stinking garbage and maggots and flies’.

“The stench was unbearable,” the letter adds, blaming Dana for “her misuse of the property… scaring off buyers and devaluing the property.”

Mr Poole also told the judge that Eugene and Dana “fall out” in 2017 and have been unable to agree on the simplest things to do with managing the estate since then.

He told the judge that one of Bell House’s commercial tenants had “tried to pay his rent since 2017, but can’t because the defendants can’t agree on where to pay it.”

Pictured: White Heather in Wales Penhow

Pictured: White Heather in Wales Penhow

“This illustrates the level of dysfunction with which these trusts have been managed… it’s nothing short of absurd,” he added.

He gave Dana’s side and added, “Dana says it’s Eugene’s fault. She denies having her hands in the till. Her position is that she has done nothing wrong.’

However, Eugene admits to taking money from the estate and offered to resign from his role as executor and trustee and repay what he took, he said.

“His position is that both defendants have benefited from their role as executors,” he continued.

“He offers to pay it back. Dana’s position is very clear that she doesn’t have to pay a cent.’

The lawyer told the judge there were “terrifying costs” from the family struggle to get to court.

But Gareth Thomas, Dana’s attorney, told the judge she finds the situation “embarrassing and frustrating.”

Arguing that she should be allowed to remain in her positions of responsibility and remove only Eugene, he said removing an executor is a “drastic step that can only be taken in a very clear case.”

Dana says she just lived in the house until it could be sold and denies devaluing it during her appeal.

“Dana denies this completely,” her lawyer said. “She says the house was once only worth £625,000.”

Alex Troup, on behalf of Eugene, told the judge there are “many reasons” why Dana should not remain as trustee and executor of the estate.

“Eugene wants both him and his sister removed…there is a great deal of animosity between Dana and Eugene,” he said.

By removing both from their roles in managing the estate, Master Hansen said there appeared to be “very significant problems” in the way they had managed the estates.

The judge added that the cousins ​​”have numerous grounds for complaints against Eugene and Dana separately,” including that Eugene “has consistently failed to manage the estates competently.”

In Dana’s case, there is “a potential claim for rental of a rental property arising from White Heather’s occupation for about five years” and the “claim that it was sold at a discount.”

He said: ‘This situation must not continue. I therefore propose to issue an injunction to dismiss both the defendants, the executor and the trustees.’

He said the costs incurred by the cousins ​​against both defendants would have to be awarded, but Eugene would receive compensation as an executor so that his costs would be paid by the estate.

But the judge stripped Dana of her damages, meaning £90,000 will come out of her share personally.

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