Belfast Telegraph

Antrim man Ryan Best accused of charity fraud set to stand trial

By Alan Erwin

A man accused of being a bogus fundraiser for a children's charity is to stand trial on more than 20 fraud charges, a judge has ordered.

Ryan Best was allegedly behind a one-day scam in the Glengormley area of Co Antrim.

The 22-year-old, of Fernagh Court in Newtownabbey, appeared before Belfast Magistrates Court yesterday for a preliminary enquiry hearing.

He faces 22 charges of fraud by false representation, and a further count of possessing a letter from the National Deaf Children's Society for use in a fraud.

The alleged offences, which also involved stealing a bottle of soft drink, were said to have taken place on June 14 this year.

The charges allege that Best dishonestly claimed to be collecting charity money on behalf of a deaf children's charity.

Best was returned for Crown Court trial following the hearing to establish if he had a case to answer.

He is now expected to be arraigned on a date to be fixed.

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