BRENTWOOD, N.H. — A former nursing assistant in New Hampshire has been given a suspended sentence after admitting she cashed checks made out to a patient who had died.

Twenty-five-year-old Amanda Beringer of Hampton pleaded guilty to seven counts of forgery, as well as drug and theft charges, in Rockingham County Superior Court.

According to the New Hampshire Union Leader, Beringer in a plea agreement admitted forging the signature on three checks that had been made out to a woman who died of cancer while being cared for at home by Beringer. She also admitted stealing checks from three other people, including her brother and sister.

Defense lawyer Donald Blaszka says his client forged the checks to pay for a drug addiction has since undergone extensive counseling.