Funeral director allegedly steals from accounts

AKRON, N.Y. (WIVB) – For the second time, a funeral director in Akron is accused of stealing money from his clients.

Troopers arrested Paris Childs of Childs Funeral Home on charges of third degree grand larceny on February 20. State Police say Childs stole funds from pre-paid or pre-need accounts, which according to authorities are accounts that are paid in advance for a funeral and must be deposited into an investment backed by the United States government. Pre-paid or pre-need accounts then earn interest, which is reported annually to the client or within 30 days following a request.

This is the second time Childs has been accused of stealing money from his clients. In 2010, he was convicted of embezzling $175,000 from the estate Olive Riemann of Lancaster after she granted him Power of Attorney following her husband’s death. The theft was discovered after Riemann passed away in 2009.

In that case, Childs pleaded guilty to grand larceny and was sentenced to six months in jail. He also paid full restitution.

Though troopers did not elaborate on how Childs allegedly stole the funds from pre-paid or pre-need accounts, they are asking anyone who entered into an agreement with Childs Funeral Home that has not received a confirmation statement or annual interest statement to contact investigators at 759-6831.

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