- Associated Press - Thursday, March 21, 2019

CROWN POINT, Ind. (AP) - A former treasurer of a defunct northwestern Indiana funeral home who allegedly misused funds set aside for customers’ funerals has been placed on probation for a year and ordered to pay more than $15,000 in restitution.

The (Northwest Indiana) Times reports 68-year-old Jacqueline A. Kraft pleaded guilty Wednesday to one felony count of theft and was sentenced to a year in jail, but that sentence was suspended. Other charges were dropped as part of a plea agreement.

Kraft offered no statement, but her lawyer Paul Stracci says he delivered a letter for one victim to prosecutors detailing Kraft’s “heartfelt feelings.”

Prosecutors alleged that between 2003-2015 customers paid Kraft Funeral Home in Hobart funds intended for future funerals or cremations, but in multiple cases money wasn’t deposited into a “pre-need” fund.

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Information from: The Times, http://www.nwitimes.com

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