A Hulmeville funeral home pronounced a woman dead 14 years ago from small cell cancer, a common day for any funeral home. However, detectives performed a search to find the woman alive and never diagnosed with small cell cancer.
The Bucks County Detectives brought news charges Monday, which state Faust misappropriated more than $290,000 from 54 different clients who pre-paid for their funeral expenses.
Faust is facing 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.
In April, the funeral director was arrested on falsified death certificates by forging doctors’ signatures. Faust then collected more than $100,000 in Social Security disability benefits.
Funeral homes must establish an escrow or trust account for pre-paid funerals and report the accounts to the state, according to Pennsylvania law. Several clients called Faust with concerns after his April arrest, but according to an affidavit, he claimed their funds were not in danger.
According to records, Faust received pre-payments that ranged from $400 to more than $14,000.
Detectives performed a full search of all files for pre-arranged services in May. Bucks County Detective, Eric Landamia, then checked the funeral home’s bank account records. He found that two of Faust Funeral Home’s accounts were overdrawn and a third was frozen with a small balance due to a bankruptcy claim.
Monday afternoon Faust was arraigned on the new charges by Magisterial District Judge Daniel Baranoski and was released on $75,000 unsecured bail.
Deputy District Attorney Marc Furber, Cheif of Insurance Fraud and Economic Crimes, will prosecute the case.