A garage owner has denied stealing more than half a million pounds by making bogus Help for Heroes charity collections.
Christopher Copeland will face a trial before a jury at Exeter Crown Court after entering not guilty pleas to 14 counts of fraud and one of money laundering.
He is alleged to have concealed £512,397 proceeds of criminal conduct between September 2009 and September 2011.
The case concerns allegations that he organised street collections for Help for Heroes for two years and took the money for himself.
Copeland, 51, of Dulings Meadow, Copplestone, Devon, denied 14 counts of fraud, each relating to different periods between September 7, 2009 and July 8, 2011.
Each count alleges he “dishonestly obtained cash by falsely representing to the general public that he was collecting money on behalf of Help for Heroes”.
The amounts in the charges vary from £948, alleged to be collected over three days in July 2011 to £8,304 allegedly collected between January 1 and 9 in 2011.
The final charge alleges he concealed criminal property, knowing or believing it to be the proceeds of crime.
Judge Erik Salomonsen adjourned the case for a seven day trial scheduled to start on July 28 next year.
David Sapiecha, for the prosecution, agreed to supply further details of the case to the defence.
Ros Collins, for the defence, said the preparation of her case had been delayed because the police retained all Copeland’s computers, financial records and bank statements.