A former executive chairman of retailer JJB Sports and his son have appeared in court charged over alleged misleading statements made to the market by the company in 2009, the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) said.
Sir David Jones, 70, of Ilkley, West Yorkshire, and his son, Stuart Jones, 38, of Bingley, West Yorkshire, faced Leeds Magistrates' Court, a spokesman said.
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Sir David, who was executive chairman between January 2009 and January 2010, is charged with two offences of making a misleading statement, and one offence of using a false instrument.
Stuart Jones, who was employed as head of marketing at the company in February 2009, is charged with one offence of aiding and abetting Sir David's use of a false instrument.
Both defendants were released on unconditional bail.
Proceedings are to be transferred to a Crown Court for April 19, the spokesman said.