North East Regional Special Operations Unit

Bannatyne’s Fraudster Charged

News / June 04

Christopher Paul WATSON 09/02/69, has today (4/6/15) been charged with 7 offences in relation to his criminal conduct conducted whilst employed as the Finance Director of Bannatynes Fitness Limited, Darlington between 24/07/2008 and 18/07/2014.

Mr Watson who was initially arrested in Nov 14 has since been charged with 7  fraud related offences with a value totalling £7,974,221.68.


The funds were allegedly used to purchase 4 properties in the Darlington area together with share in a restaurant in Richmond, North Yorkshire and payments for building work on two other properties owned by WATSON.

Mr Watson will appear at Newton Aycliffe Magistrates court in 24 Jun 15 in relation to all charges.

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