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Submitted by Marcy Cuevas on Sun, 01/29/2012 - 11:10pm.

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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