A former MP, along with three other people, is likely to stand with trial in August next year on charges of fraud involving nearly $2 million.

The four have name suppression, which was continued today in Auckland District Court. They will appear for another callover in March before their trial, which is scheduled for August.

The Serious Fraud Office alleges the four were involved in a $1.8m swindle of Auckland sports clubs, a children's charity and various companies set up around gaming machines.

The three men and one woman faced 17 charges, including fraud and obstructing the course of justice.

- NZPA