Roach arraigned at Kenai Courthouse

Frank Roach listens to proceedings Tuesday during his arraignment in Kenai Superior Court.

Frank Roach, 52, of Kenai was arraigned Tuesday at the Kenai Courthouse. 

He is receiving counsel from the Public Defender Agency, which entered a plea of not guilty.

Roach, who appeared in court wearing yellow scrubs and did not speak during his arraignment, is charged with allegedly pocketing donations meant for deployed soldiers through his organization “Alaska Veterans Outreach Boxes for Heroes.” Roach's charges include scheme to defraud, first-degree theft and seven counts of second-degree theft. 

A trial has been set for July 16 at the Kenai Courthouse. 

The organization was started in April 2010. It claimed to be raising money to send care packages to deployed soldiers. Donations were received at retail stores from Wasilla to Homer and from telephone solicitations, according to the Office of Special Prosecutions. 

Employees were paid for providing services to the organization, such as managing stands in front of grocery stores. Roach used the remaining money, Assistant Attorney General Clint Campion said. 

An investigation led by Kenai Police Department Investigator Jeff Whannell revealed “Boxes for Heroes” raised more than $140,000 in donations from April 2010 to October 2011. Roach allegedly used the money as his sole source of income and to pay for all his living expenses.

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