A number of woman were used to impersonate a wealthy woman, after she was murdered in her central London flat, the Old Bailey was told.
The court heard that at Rakesh Bhayani's instigation, who has been accused of her murder, the women pretended to be oil executive Carole Waugh buying things under her name.
Patrick Gibbs QC, prosecuting, told the jury:
They were rehearsed by Mr Bhayani, nursemaided by Mr Bhayani and usually accompanied by Mr Bhayani around London, and on the telephone, stripping Carole Waugh's assets.
More top news
Hundreds of opponents to a third Heathrow runway have gathered outside the Palace of Westminster.
Elizabeth Hurley told ITV News it was vital for those who survive the disease to continue to be supported after their recovery.
The mother of Shane Virami are taking Thomas Cook and a friend of his to court over his death.