A Silver Sands woman has faced court accused of fraudulently obtaining more than $60,000 in fake legal fees after she allegedly conned people into believing she was affiliated with Innocence Project WA.
Lisa Marie Burch, 33, today appeared in the Mandurah Magistrate's Court facing 28 fraud-related charges, including fraud causing a detriment, fraudulent falsification of records and fabricating evidence with intent to mislead.
Ms Burch was charged by the Major Fraud Squad after she allegedly pretended to be associated with the Innocence Project WA, which assists people who have been wrongfully convicted of a crime.
Police say the alleged offences took place between July and November when victims deposited "large
sums" of money into Ms Burch's personal account believing they were paying legal fees.
Officers also allege Ms Burch created fraudulent documents in the name of the Innocence Project and falsely signed legal documents.
In court this morning, Ms Burch was not required to plead to any of the charges, some of which will have to be heard in the District Court.
She was released on bail to reappear in court next month.
Ms Burch did not comment to the media as she left court.