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ShelterBox founder Tom Henderson in court on fraud charges

Tom Henderson
Image caption Tom Henderson founded the Cornwall-based charity in 2000, but left in 2012

The founder of the aid charity ShelterBox has appeared in court charged with fraud and attempted theft from the charity.

Tom Henderson, 63, from Helston, appeared before the City of London Magistrates' Court charged with three counts of fraud by abuse of position.

He did not enter a plea and will appear at the Old Bailey on 22 September.

Mr Henderson left the charity in July 2012 and was arrested a year later.

He founded the Cornwall-based charity in 2000 and was appointed OBE in 2010 for services to humanitarian aid.

Mr Henderson has been charged with two counts of fraud by abuse of position in which he is alleged to have conspired with his son John Henderson, 32, from Hayle, between July 2007 and July 2012 and Darren Gervis, 41, from Beaminster in Dorset, between March 2010 and April 2012.

The third count involves the misuse of a credit card in August 2012.

The attempted theft charge relates to 1,000 Vango Tents which belonged to Shelterbox in August 2012.

None of the men entered pleas.

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