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New Charges Allege Funeral Director Stole $296K from 54 Clients

August 8, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Marc Furber, 215.348.6339, mjfurber@buckscounty.org

David Faust(3)
      David W. Faust

The owner of a Hulmeville funeral home, already facing theft, forgery and fraud charges, was charged today with misappropriating $296,853 from 54 clients who had pre-paid for funeral expenses.

In one instance, court records allege, David Wayne Faust forged a death certificate in the name of a female client around the time he allegedly removed more than $8,700 from her account in 2003.

The woman, purported to have died of small cell cancer 14 years ago, was found by detectives to be alive and well, with no history of small cell cancer, the charging documents state.

Faust was charged with felony counts of theft by failure to make required disposition of funds received, theft by deception, deceptive or fraudulent business practices, receiving stolen property, identity theft and forgery.

Pennsylvania law requires funeral homes to establish an escrow/trust account for pre-paid funerals, and to report those accounts to the state.

Faust originally was arrested in April on charges that he falsified death certificates by forging doctors’ signatures and that he collected more than $100,000 in Social Security disability benefits despite being able to work.

When those charges were publicized, several concerned clients who called Faust were told their funds were secure and their funeral services were not in danger, according to a probable cause affidavit filed today.

On May 17, detectives executed a search warrant at Faust Funeral Home in Hulmeville, seizing all files for pre-arranged services.

Bucks County Detective Eric Landamia reviewed the files and identified 54 customers whose payments for pre-arranged services had not been reported by Faust to the state as required, the affidavit states.

The pre-payments to Faust ranged from $400 to $14,460, according to the affidavit.

Landamia then obtained search warrants for the funeral home’s bank records. According to the probable cause affidavit, the records indicated that Faust had cashed or co-mingled pre-arrangement funds given him by those 54 clients.

Two of the business’s bank accounts were overdrawn, the affidavit said, and a third was frozen with a small balance as a result of a bankruptcy filing by Faust.

Faust remains free on $2,500 unsecured bail pending his arraignment on the new charges.

The case will be prosecuted by Deputy District Attorney Marc J. Furber, Chief of Insurance Fraud and Economic Crimes.

Approved for release by Thomas C. Gannon, Deputy District Attorney.

 

 

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