The former chief executive of Age UK South Tyneside has appeared in court on charges of fraudulently obtaining more than £700,000 from the charity.
John Briers, 57, of Gateshead, appeared at Newcastle Crown Court yesterday charged with fraud by abuse of position.
He denies the charges.
It is alleged that Briers carried out the fraud between 2007 and 2015 at Age UK South Tyneside.
Briers was suspended in August 2015 and the charity contacted the police as soon as the allegations came to light, a spokeswoman for Age UK said last year.
The charity later closed and transferred its services to Age Concern Tyneside South on 31 August 2016 to safeguard the services for the people of South Tyneside, according to a statement on the Age UK website.
The court case is ongoing and expected to last three weeks.