A County Durham woman who allegedly sold discounted luxury holidays through social media has been charged with fraud, police have confirmed.

Lyne Barlow was arrested in connection with an independent travel business in Stanley in September 2020.

Police have confirmed today (July 27) that Mrs Barlow, who previously lived in Stanley, but now lives elsewhere in the UK, has been charged with 18 counts of fraud.

The alleged frauds relating to loans, investments, and holiday sales.

The 39-year-old also faces a further charge of money laundering, totalling more than £1.6m.

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A Durham Police spokesperson said: "The travel business is no longer operational, and its social media page was taken down shortly after her arrest in September 2020.

"Several hundred alleged victims have come forward and have been updated of the charges via email or post."

Mrs Barlow will appear at Newton Aycliffe Magistrates’ Court on Monday, September 5.

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