Properties bought with stolen money sold at auction

LOCKPORT, N.Y. (WIVB) – An ice cream and quilt shop that Kenneth Heitzenrater bought with stolen money was auctioned off on Wednesday.

The estate of the man he stole from, Matthew Pollack, was the winning bidder.

Heitzenrater is a contractor who stole more than $550,000 from his 89-year-old friend. The money bid Wednesday will come off of what Heitzenrater still owes, and that property is now in control of the Pollack estate.

It’s not uncommon for a plaintiff in cases like this to bid on a property.

Niagara County Sheriff’s Sgt. Cory Diez notes, “That’s fairly common that they come and bid. Then the money goes to the estate.”

Bill Ilecki, attorney for the estate, confirms, “We plan on listing it immediately with a broker, with a real estate agent and broker, and selling to a regular private sale.”

Heitzenrater pleaded guilty last year to grand larceny. He was sentenced to five years probation and ordered to pay $1,300 a month restitution.

At that amount, to pay back all of the money he stole, it will take Heitzenrater 35 years. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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