Hobart ex-funeral home treasurer gets probation for misused funds

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A former treasurer of a defunct northwestern Indiana funeral home who allegedly misused funds set aside for customers’ funerals has been placed on probation for a year and ordered to pay more than $15,000 in restitution.

The (Northwest Indiana) Times reports 68-year-old Jacqueline A. Kraft pleaded guilty Wednesday to one felony count of theft and was sentenced to a year in jail, but that sentence was suspended. Other charges were dropped as part of a plea agreement.

Kraft offered no statement, but her lawyer Paul Stracci said he delivered a letter for one victim to prosecutors detailing Kraft’s “heartfelt feelings.”

Prosecutors alleged that between 2003 and 2015, customers paid Kraft Funeral Home in Hobart funds intended for future funerals or cremations, but in multiple cases money wasn’t deposited into a “pre-need” fund.

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