Rome - Twin sisters are being prosecuted after one posed as her lawyer sibling while the other sat as a judge.

Solicitor Gabriela Odisio found herself double booked as both a judge and an advocate on the same day - so she asked her identical twin to stand in for the court hearing.

Twin Patrizia - who has a law degree but is not qualified - and her sister kept the deception working for three years swapping between courts in Vigevano and Rho in Italy and clocking up a fortune in double fees.

No one noticed until one of Gabriela's clients overheard her and her sister discussing their plans.

A police source said: "They were absolutely identical and knew everything about each other."

Now the pair - both 50 - are being prosecuted for making false statements about their qualifications and deceiving clients. -