Authorities say a Lancaster County funeral home director already jailed on abuse of corpse charges is facing new allegations that he stole more than $178,000 from clients in false life insurance policies.
Benjamin M. Siar Jr. was arrested Feb. 1 after police discovered four decomposing bodies in the basement of Gundel Funeral Home.
Now, prosecutors say further investigation uncovered a scheme in which he sold clients life insurance policies to fund funeral arrangements, but never forwarded the applications to the insurance companies and then collected the premiums.
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Prosecutors say the 41-year-old also pocketed more than $13,000 paid to him for funeral and cremation services.
He's now facing 24 counts of theft by deception and other charges.
He remains behind bars on $250,000 cash bail for the earlier abuse of corpses charges, according to court records.