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Editor: Gerry W. Beyer
Texas Tech Univ. School of Law

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Executor Steals Money From Elderly Man's Estate

Images-3Kenneth C. Heitzenrater, a 50-year old general contractor and business owner from Barker, pleaded guilty to fourth-degree larceny for draining more than $500,000 from an 89-year old man's bank accounts.  Mr. Pollock is the 89-year old who drew up a will making Mr. Heitzenrater the executor of his estate.  Heitzenrater started adding his name to all of Mr. Pollock's accounts and left nothing for his family.  He claims that Mr. Pollock said he could use the money. 

Heitzenrater promised to pay back just over $562,000 in restitution and he could face up to four years in prison.  His wife is not being prosecuted, but she is forced to sign over any property she and her husband own jointly.  They currently own three properties in the Barker area that authorities believe they bought with the stolen money.  Heitzenrater was removed as executor of the will and Pollock's niece will now serve in that role.  

See Nancy Fischer, Barker Businessman Admits Bilking 89-year-old of $500,000, The Buffalo News, Oct. 12, 2012. 

Special thanks to Brian Cohan (Attorney at Law, Law Offices of Brian J. Cohan, P.C.) for bringing this article to my attention. 


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