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Retired funeral director admits defrauding Veterans Administration

A retired funeral director pleaded guilty to submitting fraudulent claims to the Veterans Administration, seeking payment for death benefits that she knew had not been provided to veterans or their families, the U.S. Attorney’s Office announced Friday.

Karen Schlager, 60, of Snyder, was the funeral director at Schlager Funeral Home in Amherst. She submitted fraudulent claims to the Veterans Administration for such items as transportation costs, burial services and funeral costs valued at $13,800, according to Assistant U.S. Attorney MaryEllen Kresse, who handled the case. Details about when this happened were not available.

The charge carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine. Sentencing is scheduled for July 7.