A WEST Dorset man has appeared in court charged with conspiring with others to commit fraud at the disaster relief charity Shelterbox.
Darren Gervis, 41, of Beaminster, appeared at City of London Magistrates’ Court along with ShelterBox founder Tom Henderson and his son John Henderson to face charges.
Tom Henderson, 63, of Helston, Cornwall, is accused of one count of fraud by abuse of position in which he is alleged to have conspired with his son.
He is also charged with a similar count in which he is alleged to have conspired with his son and Gervis.
He faces a further charge of fraud by abuse of position in which he is alleged to have misused a credit card.
He is also charged with the attempted theft of property – 1,000 Vango tents belonging to ShelterBox.
John Henderson, 34, from Hayle, Cornwall, as well as being charged with the alleged joint offences with his father and Gervis, is charged with the theft of property, possession of a shotgun without a firearms certificate and possession of a firearm.
The three men did not enter pleas and will appear next at the Old Bailey on September 22.
Bail was renewed in each case, on condition that they do not contact officers, employees or former employees of ShelterBox.