Police: Bridgeville funeral director stole from deceased's estate

November 18, 2013

A Bridgeville funeral director has been charged with theft after police say she pretended to be the niece of a dead person in order to collect money from the person's estate.

Deborah E. Harris-Nock of Greenwood is a licensed funeral director with Deborah Harris-Nock Funeral Services in Bridgeville. Harris-Nock was charged Oct. 11 with perjury, criminal impersonation and theft after an investigation by Georgetown and Seaford police, said Jason Miller, spokesman for the Attorney General's Office.

Harris-Nock identified herself to the Register of Wills as the niece of a deceased person whose family had contracted with her for funeral services, Miller said. Harris-Nock allegedly completed paperwork to fraudulently name herself executrix of the estate, and withdrew more than $9,000 from the deceased's estate, he said.

In addition to criminal charges, the Attorney General's Office is seeking the immediate suspension of Harris-Nock's license before a final hearing before the Delaware Board of Funeral Services.

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