A former councillor has been charged with committing fraud against an African charity that works with impoverished children, the Observer can reveal today (Friday).
Richard Vallery-Peters, 48, of Ashburnham Road, faces one charge of fraud by false representation.
The charge relates to a period between August 25, 2011 and May 15, 2012.
It is alleged he collected payments amounting to £974.70 for the Tanzania-based Network for Vulnerable Rescue Foundation (NVRF) charity in the form of cash and cheques.
Sussex Police stated it is an allegation of fraud by false representation, contrary to the Fraud Act 2006.
Vallery-Peters will appear before Hastings magistrates in court on Wednesday, February 26.
He is currently on bail.