Funeral director accused of witholding widow’s cash

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Submitted: Mon, 01/30/2012 - 4:10am
Updated: Mon, 01/30/2012 - 4:19am

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — A former North Carolina funeral director who left a body in a hearse for nine days has been accused of taking a woman’s life insurance money after her husband’s death.

The Times-News of Burlington reports that Graham police charged 57-year-old David Lawson on Friday with
obtaining property by false pretense. Authorities say a woman signed over $24,000 in life insurance
policies to Lawson to pay for her husband’s funeral. But Ella Troxler says Lawson never gave her money left over after taking out more than $8,000 for the services.

Lawson lost his license in December for illegally selling pre-need services but lacking money to repay refund-seeking customers. In 2010, Lawson left a woman’s body in his hearse while he waited for documents allowing him to have her body cremated.

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