Devon

Man denies £560,000 Help for Heroes frauds

Christopher Copeland. Pic: Apex Image copyright Apex
Image caption Christopher Copeland denied 16 charges

A 51-year-old man from Devon has denied being involved in frauds totalling £560,000 after allegedly saying he was collecting for charity Help for Heroes.

Christopher Copeland, from Copplestone, near Crediton in Devon, denied 16 charges at Exeter Magistrates' Court.

One charge alleges he concealed criminal property of £518,000.

The other 15 counts allege false representation when he collected more than £42,000 across England and Wales, claiming it was for the charity.

Areas in England he allegedly collected money in between 2009 and 2011 included: Hertfordshire, London, Nottinghamshire, Northamptonshire, Oxfordshire, Staffordshire, Suffolk, Surrey and Sussex, the court heard.

He also allegedly collected money in Caerphilly and Monmouthshire in Wales.

Mr Copeland, of Dulings Meadow, was granted unconditional bail and is due to appear at the Crown Court on 8 July.

Help for Heroes, which supports armed forces veterans, serving personnel who have been wounded and their families, said it was aware of the charges.

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