Police: Suffern funeral director accused of fraudulently closing 3 prepaid funeral accounts

A Rockland County funeral director is facing felony charges after allegedly scamming his customers out of their money, police say.

News 12 Staff

Aug 19, 2020, 12:31 AM

Updated 1,373 days ago

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A Rockland County funeral director is facing felony charges after allegedly scamming his customers out of their money, police say.
Police say Leonard Scarr II, of Scarr Funeral Home in Suffern, is accused of forging death certificates and cashing in their prepaid funeral arrangements while they were still alive.
Joe Crisci tells News 12 his 98-year-old aunt, Mary McDonough, made her arrangements with the Scarr Funeral Home 15 years ago and was notified in October 2019 that her death certificate was signed and turned into the bank.
Police say the victim's prepaid accounts were deposited into the funeral home's account. Crisci tells News 12 it was shocking, considering his family has been in business with them forever.
The Scarr Funeral Home has been a family business for 100 years. Scarr took over after the death of his father, Leonard Scarr, who served two terms as mayor from 1985 to 1989.
Scarr allegedly scammed all three people out of over $20,000.
News 12 reached out to Scarr and his attorney for comment. He has been charged with three counts of grand larceny, forgery and criminal possession of a forged instrument.


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