A BOGUS lawyer is accused of syphoning off €311,000 from a trusting client in the Valencian Community.
The Guardia Civil arrested a 33-year-old woman from Castellón on fraud charges after getting a complaint from a female resident of Oropesa del Mar.
The fake solicitor used the money to buy a property in her native Tunisia as well as pumping in the cash to improve her Spanish home and a hotel business.
The victim split her time between Oropesa and Egypt, and needed legal assistance to help her through a number of bureaucratic procedures in Spain, as she did not speak Spanish..
She hooked up with the fake lawyer who promised to help through all the processes and a strong element of trust was built up.
The client spent lengthy periods back in Egypt and the fraudster was given her passwords so that she could claim her fees directly from her bank accounts, which she did in spectacular fashion.