Husband and wife accused of stealing from children's cancer charities appear in court
A HUSBAND and wife accused of stealing thousands of pounds from children's cancer appeals have appeared in court.
Kevin Wright, 49, appeared at Nottingham Crown Court charged with 11 counts of theft and nine counts of fraud, with some of the offences relating to other children’s charities and appeal funds.
His wife, Jacqueline Wright, 42, is accused of converting criminal property but was not asked to enter a plea.
Ten of Mr Wright’s charges relate to funds donated for cancer treatment for his son Bobby. They were given to the Bobby Wright Cancer Fighting Fund, or to a company called Bobby’s Fund.
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According to details on a myspace web page for the charity, an appeal started after Bobby Wright was diagnosed with a rare childhood cancer, neuroblastoma, in 2005, when he was three.
According to the website, Bobby Wright has now had all the treatment needed and is free of cancer.
Mr Wright was also involved in appeals for a number of other children around the country.
One of those was for Nottingham boy Armani Mohammed, who was diagnosed with cancer.
Some of the allegations Mr Wright faces relate to these organisations.
The court heard that he is alleged to have stolen or fraudulently used more than £285,000 relating to all the offences with which he is charged.
The couple, previously of Kenn in Exeter but now of Tamworth, Staffordshire, were granted bail and will next appear at Nottingham Crown Court on January 11 for a further hearing when a trial date will be set.