Akron funeral director Paris J. Childs pleaded guilty Tuesday to embezzling $175,000 from the estate of a Lancaster widow prior to her death last month.
Under a pre-indictment plea deal, Childs' attorney turned over checks for the full amount to representatives of the estate of the late Olive M. Reimann. State Supreme Court Justice Russell P. Buscaglia then told the Akron businessman he faces six months in jail when he's sentenced Dec. 14.
The judge told the operator of Childs Funeral Home on Ackerson Avenue that he also faces the loss of his state funeral director's license as a result of his felony plea to third-degree grand larceny.
The judge warned Childs, 49, that he still could be looking at a prison term of up to seven years for any further criminal behavior. The judge also said he will place him on five years' probation and bar him from reapplying for a funeral director's license during that period.
Financial crimes prosecutor Candace K. Vogel told the judge that Childs somehow got the Lancaster widow to grant him power of attorney after the death of her husband, her only known relative, some years ago.
Vogel said that from Feb. 2, 2006, through this April 19, Childs systematically embezzled funds from the widow's estate "for his own purposes."
Vogel told the judge that Reimann died Sept. 19 and that her estate still owes the Clarence nursing home where she was living some $58,000.
With no objection from the prosecutor, Childs was allowed to remain free without bail pending sentencing.e-mail: email@example.com