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Woman Given 6-Year Sentence for Stealing More Than $500K From Mother

A judge sentenced a Monterey woman to six years in jail Tuesday for stealing over $550,000 from her mother, saying it was the biggest fraud case he had seen during his 30-year law career.

Aman Shawar, 39, was convicted of 21 felony offenses and sentenced to six years and eight months in the Monterey County Jail for theft from an elder, identity theft and money laundering, according to prosecutors.

Shawar and a co-conspirator hacked her mother's email, opened fake credit card accounts and purchased hundreds of thousands of dollars in clothing, jewelry and other items beginning in April 2014, according to prosecutors.

Her mother was eventually forced to file for bankruptcy. But, prosecutors said Shawar denied any responsibility for the fraud throughout the jury trial.

In September, Shawar was convicted of 11 counts of theft from an elder, four counts of identity theft and six counts of money laundering.

During the sentencing, prosecutors said Judge Mark Hood admonished Shawar for not admitting to the crimes, and told her, "You have no credibility with this court whatsoever. You are a liar, yet you believe your lies."

Shawar was ordered to pay full restitution to her mother and will be allowed to spend the last three years of her sentence on mandatory supervision through the county's probation department.

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