Funeral director sentenced for burglarizing homes of deceased clients 

WHAT: Connecticut funeral home director Kevin Riley, 54, was sentenced to eight months in prison for stealing money, jewelry and paintings from the homes of dead people he buried. He will lose his mortuary licenses and must repay nearly $63,000 to victims’ families and to state agencies he cheated.

HOW: Riley had himself appointed administrator of the estates of dead people who had no relatives. Prosecutors say he and accomplice Yolanda Faulkner sold some of the stolen valuables at an auction house where Faulkner was the bookkeeper.

WHY IT’S OUTRAGEOUS: Riley and Faulkner pleaded guilty to larceny charges. The deal meant that Riley avoided a potential two-year prison sentence. He told the court that the mistakes he made were attempts to support his wife and children.

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