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Insurance agent accused of stealing thousands from elderly Riverside woman

An insurance agent is expected in court soon on a felony charge accusing her of stealing thousands of dollars from an elderly Riverside woman. 

Mary Hawkey stole cash in the range of $7,500 to $37,500 during the period of July 7 through Aug. 30 of last year, according to a direct indictment through Montgomery County Prosecutor Mat Heck Jr’s office. 

Mary Newland, identified as the victim in the court document dated April 14, told News Center 7's Kate Bartley she worked with a friend to set up life insurance and annuities. Newland claims that friend -- Hawkey -- drained her bank account. 

Newland's granddaughter, Shannon Embs, said Hawkey "gained [Newland's] trust and told her she was going to do all of her bills for her online." 

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According to the granddaughter, "The family has had to empty out our bank accounts to pay for [Newland’s] bills." 

Hawkey counters the allegations and said she expects the charge will be dropped. 

She said Newland called her, "begging me ... to take her to get her food and to get her prescriptions." 

Hawkey said she may have saved Newland's life by responding to her requests for help. 

"Mary asked me to help her and I did," Hawkey said. "And now they're accusing me of that. It's a flat-out lie." 

The issue is headed to Common Pleas court next week, according to court calendars.

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