A cunning woman tricked lawyers into believing that she was dying of cancer and was a multi-millionaire.
Amanda Thomas, aged 43, told a specialist law firm that she was worth £250m and had properties located across the world as she asked them to draw up legal documents to serve as a will for her three children after she died.
In return, lawyers from Thomas of Penrhyn Bay, Conwy did work valued at £43,000 for her before it emerged that she was lying. In Mold Crown Court on Friday it came out that she was actually receiving benefits and simply looking for attention.
Judge Niclas Parry questioned why the lawyer who handled her claims, Drummond Kerr from the Meridian Law firm, a specialist tax and estate firm, did not question her false claims earlier.
Last September she met with the lawyer in a seven hour meeting and told him that she had accumulated a large amount of wealth and had 70 properties spread throughout the Caribbean, the Middle East, the Far East, Europe, and Africa.
Kerr stated that it was a remarkable story but still plausible and that at the time he had no reason to doubt that she was telling the truth. She told him that she was terminally ill with a short life expectancy and needed advice on how to handle her global assets.
In all 43 complex documents were prepared for her that included various trust agreements and multiple wills. When suspicions were raised it was found she had no money to pay for the work, no assets, and was not suffering from cancer.