A Rockland County funeral residence proprietor faces dozens of fees after investigators discovered that he has been embezzling money from burial accounts for practically a decade.
The county District Attorney’s Office on Thursday introduced the allegations in opposition to 53-year-old Leonard Scarr who owns and operated the Scarr Funeral Home in Suffern, New York. Authorities say Scarr stole from purchasers in several methods, together with forging dying certificates for one sufferer.
The investigation revealed that from April 2010 to August 2020, Scarr allegedly by no means deposited purchasers’ monies meant for burial accounts. He as a substitute used the monies, on not less than 33 events, for his personal private bills, based on prosecutors.
Scarr allegedly took over $3,000 from victims on 27 separate events, prosecutors stated. On six different events, the funeral residence proprietor was accused of stealing greater than $1,000.
Prosecutors say one shopper had contracted Scarr to arrange two pre-paid burial escrow accounts, during which the money may solely be retrieved by a trustee upon the dying of the account holder. With the accounts’ holders nonetheless alive, Scarr allegedly compelled dying certificates that he represented to the financial institution and withdrew the accounts’ funds.
“This investigation reveals the extent of financial impact on a many of our fellow Rockland residents. My office has been working with the Ramapo Police Department to ensure that we identified potential victims and adequately charged Leonard Scarr with these crimes,” Rockland County District Attorney Tom Walsh stated in a information launch.
Scarr appeared for a digital arraignment Thursday. It wasn’t instantly clear if he has a consultant who can touch upon the costs.