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Help for Heroes say the public have been shocked by the case of Christopher Copeland from mid-Devon, who has been jailed for stealing £300,000 through fake charity collections.
A man who gathered £300,000 in donations for Wiltshire charity Help For Heroes and kept the money for himself has been sentenced to four and a half years in prison.
52 year old Christopher Copeland 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, who 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 is due to be sentenced today after defrauding the Wiltshire based charity Help for Heroes out of hundreds of thousands of pounds. Christopher Copeland from Devon admitted taking £300,000 over an eighteen month period. He's been told by the judge that he faces a 'lengthy' jail sentence.