A teacher is being accused of dishonestly making a profit from running school trips.
Thomas Bisset is alleged to have made up to £16,000 from 2011 until July of last year.
Bisset, 47, a teacher at St Hild’s C of E school in Hartlepool, appeared before Hartlepool Magistrates’ Court.
Prosecutors claim he exaggerated the number of pupils who went on weekend trips to theme parks and other attractions.
Bisset, of Durham Street, Hartlepool, is charged with fraud by dishonestly abusing his position as a teacher to make a financial gain for himself between November 1, 2011 and July 9, 2014.
Sunny Thandi, defending, said there would be no indication of a plea.
Prosecutor Katherine Hannah said: “The allegation in this case is that Mr Bisset over-charged parents for school trips and falsely declared the number of pupils, thereby making a profit from the trips.”
Ms Hannah applied for the case to be sent to the crown court because, if Bisset is convicted, the sentencing powers of the magistrates may be insufficient.
Mr Thandi did not oppose the application.
The bench sent the case to Teesside Crown Court for a preliminary hearing on August 19.
Bisset was released on unconditional bail.