A former carer who stole more than £17,000 from vulnerable men she was meant to be looking after has been warned she faces jail.
Debra Isherwood has been warned she could be sent to prison for stealing thousands from four victims over a six-year period between 2008 and 2014.
At Newcastle Crown Court, the 49-year-old, who has never been in trouble before, pleaded guilty to four charges of theft.
The total amount she admitted stealing was £17,809.
Isherwood, of Ridley Avenue, Hollycarrside, Sunderland, will be sentenced next month, but was warned by a judge that prison is a “distinct possibility”.
Judge Penny Moreland told her: “This is a very serious matter, a custodial sentence is a distinct possibility.”
The judge granted Isherwood bail until the next hearing and ordered the preparation of a pre-sentence report.
Judge Moreland added: “Please do not draw any conclusion about the sentence you will get from the fact I am granting you bail or directing a report to be prepared.
“All sentences remain open to the judge who sentences you. This is a case where custody is likely to be at the forefront of his or her mind.”
Peter Walsh, defending, said there is a “substantial background of mitigation” in this case and Isherwood would use her time on bail to put her affairs in order.