Tuesday, 29 July 2014

Christopher Copeland

You can't get much lower in this life than to steal from a charity. And in the UK, it gets worse when that charity is one set up to support injured servicemen and women who fought for their country.

Christopher Copeland tricked the public into donating £300,000 over an 18 month period to the armed forces charity Help for Heroes, only to pocket the money himself.

Accompanied by a vehicle from Copeland’s collection of ex-military vehicles decorated in Help for Heroes livery, his teams would attempt to encourage shoppers to put cash into charity buckets. 

The scam took place between 1 February, 2010 and ended on 17 September, 2011, when Copeland was arrested after one of his workers became suspicious. 

Detective Chief Inspector Mike Robison said "We believed his motive was greed. It is a rare occurrence and one that we have taken seriously along with Help for Heroes and the Crown Prosecution Service to arrive at a successful outcome." 

Jo Brookes, Help for Heroes' Income Protection Officer, described Copeland's actions as "calculated" and "devious"."We're appalled that Chris Copeland exploited the goodwill of so many people towards our wounded men and women in such a calculated, devious way," she said. 

 "The money he stole never reached us, or the thousands of Heroes we support, because he used organised, criminal tactics to intercept it." 

He faces a lengthy prison sentence after which Old Nick should line him up for a severe burning.