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.

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