A woman from Newton Aycliffe has appeared in court charged with a £620,000 worth of iPad fraud involving scores of alleged victims hoping to give them as Christmas presents.
36-year-old Kirsty Cox allegedly took payment for 4,000 computers, having offered them at attractive but believable prices.
She would then buy some at a loss from PC World, but not be able to complete the full order, it is alleged.
She appeared at Newton Aycliffe Magistrates' Court, County Durham, charged with five counts of fraud by misrepresentation.
The defendant did not enter any pleas.
She was remanded in custody after no application for bail was made, and she will appear before the same court on December 28 for a hearing to commit her case to the crown court.