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Hightstown Funeral Director Accused of Stealing $500K from Relative, 96

Joseph Barlow received power of attorney over victim, according to prosecutor's office.

A Hightstown funeral director is accused of stealing $513,766 from an elderly relative, according to the Hightstown Borough Police Department.

Cranbury resident Joseph Barlow, 68, received power of attorney over the 96-year-old woman, a distant relative, in 2010 and stole from her over a two-year period, Mercer County Prosecutor's Office spokesperson Casey DeBlasio said in an email to East Windsor Patch.

The prosecutor's office said he wrote four checks to himself, three for $35,000 and one for $55,000, and had a life insurance policy for more than $300,000 closed in September 2011. The life insurance money was sent to his business, DeBlasio said.

Barlow is a funeral director with Barlow & Zimmer Funeral Home, Hightstown police confirmed.

Barlow was charged with theft and was released after posting $25,000 in bail.

The Mercer County Prosecutor's Office and the jointly investigated the incident.


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Gospel Mission Corps July 05, 2012 at 11:41 PM
May all of us who pray and trust the power of God to pardon and deliver from sin, intentionally intercede for our friends at this particularly difficult time. This is why Jesus Christ came to "save us from our sins," as we read in Matthew 1:21. . . note that the Scripture states that we can be saved from our sins, not saved in our sins. In Luke 13 we read of those who questioned Yeshua / Jesus about some specific sinners, and the Messiah explained twice, in verses 3 & 5, concerning all people, that "except you all repent (turn from our sins), you (we) will all likewise perish." We all need the Lord regardless of what sins we have committed. First Epistle by John 1:8-9, the apostle wrote that "if we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves and there is no truth in us, but if we confess our sins, God is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse / purify us from all iniquity / unrighteousness / wrongdoing." The Bible also teaches that restitution needs to be made; that is the human responsibility. However, our salvation is not by our efforts, but "by God's grace through faith," as St. Paul emphasizes in Ephesians 2:8--9. The Gospel (Good News) of God's truth is the remedy for all our sins, whoever and whatever our circumstances may be. When Jesus taught His disciples to pray the "Our Father," we need to take seriously each phrase in it, including "lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil."
Taxpayer July 06, 2012 at 12:51 AM
He should rot in jail....I guess keeping up with jones is to much for him..loser..now let's was more tax payer money on This a$&
R July 06, 2012 at 04:19 AM
People who read Beleive what they read with no actual facts pertaining to an accusation are complete morons! This is so rediculous to print and shows that there is nothing much going on in the news this week. How can the media charge a person and publish as if it were factual?? Here's a sime fact........ No one knows anything about this this accusation other than pure speculation. I love this country and our judicial system because it is the best among other, but ask yourself this: when this case is over and done with will we ever know the outcome? Judge not, lest ye shall be judged!
John Crawley July 06, 2012 at 04:20 AM
If he stole from his own relative the lord only knows what other criminal crazy stuff this man did within his funeral home ! Wow !
John Crawley July 06, 2012 at 04:22 AM
Well they don't bring charges against a person without any proof ! I agree with you he may not have stole 500k but I bet he got a 100k lol !
karen July 06, 2012 at 08:42 AM
It happens all the time. Someone is appointed as legal guardian or power of attorney. A senior who is not competent to make decisions has to have a friend or relative do that for them. What they don't understand is its not your money its there money. He should be ashamed of himself for taking advantage of her.
R July 06, 2012 at 08:59 AM
Uh, wake up ...... People are charged every day in this state with no proof at all. That's why its called " allegations"
Al Bobanya July 06, 2012 at 12:21 PM
I think it's called an "allegation" to protect the reporter from liability. It's called a "charge" in the legal system, which is attached to "probable cause".
just noticed July 06, 2012 at 02:16 PM
think it is ironic that the advertisement for his funeral home keeps appearing right over his photo. "Sponsored by Barlow and Zimmer" Someone should check that!
Leslie Bianczik July 06, 2012 at 02:51 PM
You should use Firefox with adblock and you wouldn't have to worry about any ads. I reopened the page in IE to see what you were talking about. That is really funny.
Choagie July 06, 2012 at 09:17 PM
The police do not issue warrants and make arrests on speculation; they do so based on evidence that has been collected. The State Prosecutor does not waste time, nor money, on assumptions - again, they do so based on evidence collected. There is no judgement here; it is simply writing a wrong and seeking justice for a 96 year old woman that was taken advantage of and who was abused by someone that was supposed to be looking out for her best interest. Instead of defending someone who is capable of stealing from a 96 year old relative, you should be praying that he feels remorse for his crime and begs for forgiveness.
Barbara Smith July 08, 2012 at 05:09 PM
I was just going to comment that he sponsered his own mug shot. Nice.
Pat July 09, 2012 at 01:37 PM
Most of the time it is some one close to them that takes advantage of them and the rest of the family..(Relative) 1 Timothy 6:10 For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs. 1 Timothy 6:9-11 (in Context) 1 Timothy 6 (Whole Chapter) Other Translations


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