Man charged over alleged £500,000 Help for Heroes fraud

A 51-year-old man has been charged with fraud after allegedly concealing more than £500,000 in cash collected for the Help for Heroes charity.

Christopher Copeland, from Copplestone near Crediton in Devon, has been charged with 16 counts of fraud by false representation.

He is accused of depositing £518,397 in a business account between April 2009 and September 2011.

Mr Copeland has been bailed to appear at Exeter Magistrates' Court on 8 May.

Help for Heroes said it was aware of the charges against Mr Copeland.

The charity said it would take action whenever it appeared funds may have been diverted dishonestly.

"Our anti-fraud processes are robust and we are members of the Charity Commission's Voluntary Sector Fraud Programme," a spokesman said.