Christopher Copeland jailed for four and a half years for stealing from Help for Heroes

The 52-year-old Devon man pleaded guilty to taking £300,000 of donations intended for the armed forces charity in July this year

Christopher Copeland
Christopher Copeland

A volunteer fundraiser who stole more than £300,000 in donations meant for Help for Heroes has been jailed for four and a half years.

Christopher Copeland, 52, of Copplestone in Devon, who had previously carried out legitimate volunteer fundraising for the charity, had pleaded guilty at Exeter Crown Court to stealing £300,000 intended for the forces charity. The crime was committed in July this year.

Copeland was sentenced yesterday for fraud and a concurrent charge of concealing criminal property.

Jo Brookes, income protection officer at Help for Heroes, said: "Copeland deceived the public into thinking they were making donations that would help our wounded. Instead, he was stealing from them and using the money for his own personal gain through a deceptive web of fraud that it took detectives three years to untangle.

"We have been astonished by the response of the public. Many of those defrauded by him have contacted us to express shock that someone would use organised and criminal tactics to prevent money from supporting the wounded."

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