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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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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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