Sellersburg man sentenced for bilking grieving families out of f - WDRB 41 Louisville News

Sellersburg man sentenced for bilking grieving families out of funeral services

Posted: Updated:
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A Sellersburg, Indiana man accused of taking advantage of grieving families learned his sentence Tuesday.

Robert Kraft was sentenced to five years in prison on charges of theft and the unlawful use of prepaid funeral service funds. He has admitted to pocketing thousands of dollars from victims in Kentucky and Indiana. 

 "We would go to the cemetery and there was nothing there, nothing showing where he was," said the daughter of one victim, Leigh Ann Banta. 

Benita Marcum also talked about the pain Kraft has caused.

"My father worked two jobs," Marcum said. "My father was making fifty-three cents an hour. My father worked very hard for the money that he had saved to buy those caskets. This gentleman (Kraft) has a Facebook page. He's been laying in pools, he's been going on trips. He knew what he was doing."

Kraft was once affiliated with a casket company on Main Street in New Albany and later River Road in Louisville, but when those businesses closed, authorities say he went after their customers. His defense attorney argued this wasn't a scheme but a failed business venture. 

"This is poor money management that got completely out of control," Aaron Dyke argued. He also said Kraft wants to pay restitution of around $36,000. He said it would be easier to pay that amount back if his client was on probation. 

Victim Bob Smith told the judge he didn't expect Kraft to pay back the money. "I think we should sent this loud and clear, no probation judge I think he should go to prison for what he did," Smith said. 

Officials say similar charges are still pending against Kraft in Clark County, Indiana. 

Copyright 2014 WDRB News. All rights reserved.

Powered by Frankly
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2018 WDRB. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, and Terms of Service, and Ad Choices.