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Woman arrested in US over 300,000 County Durham fraud

A County Durham woman has been arrested in the United States as part of a 10-year-old fraud investigation.

The 44-year-old, from Spennymoor, was arrested near Dallas, Texas, in connection with an alleged £300,000 company fraud in 2000.

Officers from Durham Police escorted the woman, who has not yet been identified, back to County Durham after she was detained by Texas marshalls.

She is due in court later charged with 253 offences of forgery and deception.

The investigation began after allegations that a woman had been taking money from the Spennymoor firm where she was employed as an accounts clerk.

Durham Police traced the female suspect to the United States and applied to the High Court for an extradition warrant.

The woman was located at an address in a small town close to San Antonio and was arrested in January and detained.

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