A Newark woman is awaiting sentencing after admitting to stealing from her mother, officials said.

Karen Warrington, 50, impersonated her mother and stole more than $50,000 from her mother’s investment accounts, according to Carl Kanefsky, a spokesman for the Delaware Attorney General’s office. The thefts happened over an 18-month period beginning in July 2017.

After an investigation by the New Castle County Police Department, Warrington pleaded guilty to theft of more than $50,000 and identity theft and will be sentenced in March. Each charge carries a maximum sentence of eight years in prison.

Kanefsky said Warrington is the first person to be convicted as a result of a new law that requires financial institutions to report suspected exploitation of a senior or vulnerable adult.

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