A Geraldton businessman accused of stealing almost $3 million from a native title trust is expected to stand trial from next week. Thomas Grahame Greenaway was charged by officers from the financial crimes squad in December 2019 amid allegations he stole millions from the Yugunga-Nya People’s Trust. Police have previously alleged he stole about $2.9m from the trust partly to pay for a Geraldton hotel. He was appointed as a trustee of the People’s Trust when it was set up in 2004 to receive royalties from mining companies on native title land in the Murchison — a position he held until 2017. The 70-year-old former Durack Liberal Party treasurer’s three-week trial was scheduled to begin on Monday, but proceedings were delayed by one week. Mr Greenaway is facing 33 counts of stealing, one count of gaining benefit for another by fraud, and one of stealing as a servant. He has previously stated he “rejects and refutes” all charges and will fight the allegations.