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Funeral home director pleads guilty to stealing from elderly

A Pennsylvania funeral home director who authorities say stole a half million dollars' worth of funeral policy payments from the elderly has pleaded guilty to theft and forgery.

Officials said Wednesday that 51-year-old Stephen Kezmarsky stole more than $500,000 from 80 victims over a 12-year period.

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Kezmarsky pleaded guilty to theft by deception, theft by failure to make required disposition of funds, forgery and insurance fraud.

State Attorney General Josh Shapiro said Kezmarsky specifically targeted senior citizens who prepaid for their funeral services.

The Uniontown funeral director owned and operated Kezmarsky Funeral Home. Shapiro said he accepted the payments from 2005 to 2017 but never submitted the polices.

Kezmarsky was originally charged with theft in January 2018. After those charges were announced, dozens more theft victims came forward. He was hit with additional charges six months later.

Sentencing has not yet been scheduled.