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.
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.
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.
A man who pleaded guilty to defrauding Wiltshire-based Help for Heroes charity has been told to expect a long sentence.
Chris Copeland duped the public into giving over £330k to what they thought was for Help for Heroes.
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.
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.
The Duke of Cambridge has arrived at Tedworth House in Wiltshire at the start of his visit to officially open the new Help for Heroes Recovery Centre
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.
The Princes will meet injured service personnel, veterans and their families.
VIDEO: The charity Help for Heroes will use the equipment at its new recovery centre at Tedworth House near Salisbury. The injured service men and women will be helped to adapt to their new ways of life.
270 cyclists have made their final ride along the promenade in Dunkirk to complete the 350 mile "Help for Heroes Bike Ride". They've raised more than £400,000, every penny of which will go towards helping wounded service personnel. 6 wounded soldiers from Britain cycled the route on hand bikes.
Mark Elliott from Help for Heroes pays tribute to Robin Gibb, who carried out work for the organisation. Robin forged close links with the Armed Forces and was a popular figure at events throughout the region.