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Jeremy Philip Charles Keith (born 1964)[1] became chief executive of Derby County after a corporation he controlled with two others bought the club out of receivership for £3 in 2003. He had previously been a director at Portsmouth and had a financial role at Leeds United. Jeremy Keith has 15 current or previous company director or secretary appointments but only one company, Purus Advisory Ltd, is active.[2]

Early lifeEdit

Keith was born in Montego Bay, Jamaica and moved to England when he was ten years old.[3]

Financial irregularitiesEdit

Keith was charged on 12 November 2007 with conspiracy to defraud and conceal criminal property after police investigations at Derby County. Former finance director Andrew Mackenzie and former director of football Murdo Mackay were also charged with similar offences.[4] In July 2009, Keith was convicted of false accounting and sentenced to 18 months in prison after being paid £125,000, as this payment was never approved by the club's board of directors.[5] He was also disqualified from being a company director for three years. Following an appeal the sentences were reduced to nine months, with a two-year ban on being a director.[6]


  1. ^ "Derby County fraud: Three appear in court". Sunday Mercury. 2009-03-09. Retrieved 2011-03-20.
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  3. ^ Collins, Charles (2004-12-29). "Profile: Jeremy Keith". BBC. Retrieved 2011-03-20.
  4. ^ "Premier League five face court in Northampton". Northampton Chronicle & Echo. 22 July 2008. Retrieved 2009-02-16.[dead link]
  5. ^ Conn, David (2009-07-20). "Four men sentenced to prison for Derby County fraud". The Guardian. Retrieved 2011-03-20.
  6. ^ "Ex-Rams bosses lose their appeals against conviction". This is Derbyshire. Retrieved 21 March 2012.