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How could he do it? Fraudster sold fake 'Help for Heroes' pin badges

A fraudster who pocketed the proceeds from selling fake Royal British Legion Poppy and Help for Heroes pin badges has been handed an eight-month prison sentence, suspended for two years, and told to pay prosecution costs of £1,650.

Hampshire County Council Trading Standards secured the conviction of Jay Meech, 28, of Old Road, Gosport who sourced and sold counterfeit pin badges depicting the emblems of Premier League football teams and the two registered charities.

The fake badge is on the right Credit: HCC
The fake Manchester United badge Credit: HCC

Portsmouth Crown Court heard Meech designed the inferior quality pin badges, had them manufactured in China and shipped to the UK for him to sell via eBay and his website, ripping off the charities and football teams to the tune of £22,000 in turnover.

Following an investigation by Trading Standards officers, a warrant was executed in October 2013 and he was found to be in possession of more than 1,000 fake pin badges which depicted the emblems of several well known football clubs. Meech also had 5,849 Royal British Legion style ‘Poppy’ and 706 Help for Heroes ‘Medal’ pin badges.

These pin badges were confirmed, by the Royal British Legion and Help for Heroes, to be fake.

All the pin badges were of an inferior quality and had been manufactured and sold without permission from the football clubs or the charities.

Help for Heroes fundraiser used money for his own business

A man who gathered £300,000 in donations for Help For Heroes in Sussex and Oxfordshire, and kept the money for himself, has been sentenced to four and a half years in prison.

Christopher Copeland, 52, from mid-Devon admitted fraud and money laundering at Exeter Crown Court.

He had a team of staff, who believed they were raising money for charity legitimately. They took old military vehicles, branded with the Help for Heroes logo, to supermarkets and shopping centres all over the country.

The money raised never reached the charity but was instead used to subsidise Mr Copeland's own business which was in financial difficulty and has since gone into liquidation.

Christopher Copeland Credit: ITV West Country


Charity collector raises £300k and keeps it for himself

A man who was falsely collecting donations outside a number of locations across the south has pleaded guilty to defrauding Wiltshire-based Help for Heroes charity.

Chris Copeland has been told to expect a long prison sentence for duping the public and for making profit out of the charity.

We spoke to DCI Mike Robison outside the court - who said another charity collector alerted the police of the illegitimate goings-on.

Row to Recovery team in training

A team of rowers including armed forces Captain Mark Jenkins from Brighton are preparing for one of the toughest races in the world. Joining him will be Trooper Cayle Royce and Corporal Scott Blaney who were both injured during service in Afghanistan.

The Row to Recovery team will begin the gruelling journey across the Atlantic in December, raising money for Help for Heroes.


Prince Harry & Prince William to visit Help for Heroes

Prince Harry, the Duchess of Cambridge and the Duke of Cambridge recently visited the set of the Harry Potter films Credit: Chris Jackson/PA Wire

The Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry will visit Tedworth House in Tidworth later as they offically open the new Help for Heroes Recovery Centre.

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