A woman is facing a Crown Court trial accused of a £60,000 fraud
Heather Garbutt-Iley, of East Boldon, is accused of using her position of having power of attorney over someone else's financial affairs to take £60,694 to use herself.
At Newcastle Crown Court the 58-year-old pleaded not guilty to a charge of fraud between January 2016 and November 2016.
A trial has been listed for June 10 next year.
Judge Edward Bindloss granted Garbutt-Iley, of Ferndale Grove, East Boldon, unconditional bail in the meantime.