Retail veteran Jones appeared before Leeds magistrates’ court charged with two offences of making a misleading statement under the Financial Services and Markets Act, as well as one offence of using a “false instrument” under the Forgery and Counterfeiting Act.
His son Stuart, head of marketing at JJB in 2009, has been charged with aiding and abetting Jones in using a false instrument.
Both were released on unconditional bail and the case is due to be transferred to a crown court for 19 April.
Ex-JJB chief executive Chris Ronnie and former JJB supplier David Ball, the owner of Fashion & Ball, have already been charged with seven offences connected to an alleged £1 million fraud relating to contracts entered into during 2008 by the retailer, which fell into administration last September.
The Serious Fraud Office said yesterday’s charges relate to a separate matter that took place in 2009, which was discovered while investigating Ronnie and Ball, who are due to go on trial at Southwark Crown Court on 9 September.
Jones earned himself an impressive reputation after turning around Next in the 1990s. The retailer was on the brink of failure but he led a dramatic overhaul that helped it become one of Britain’s biggest fashion businesses.
He joined JJB as a non-executive director in 2007 and became executive chairman in January 2009, but stepped down due to health reasons in 2010.
JJB collapsed last autumn, with around 2,200 jobs axed.