A woman conned her elderly mother out of more than £40,000 by forging the pensioner's signature on cheques, a jury has heard.
Opening the trial at Belfast Crown Court, prosecution lawyer David McClean said at no time did 49-year-old Heather Ruth Noble have her mother's permission to sign her name on the cheques.
He said the alleged fraudulent behaviour took place between July 2006 and August 2008 and the indictment related to 11 specimen counts reflecting the total of 32 cheques allegedly forged by the daughter amounting to £41,000.
Noble, of Aughnabrack Road, north Belfast, denies the two charges of theft, two of forgery and a further seven of fraud.
The court heard the offences occurred when her mother Johnina Noble was 78 or 79 years old but had passed away in 2010. However, Mr McClean told the jury, a statement by her would be read to them during the trial.
After being arrested and questioned about the matter Noble admitted forging her mother's signature but claimed it was done with her mother's full knowledge.