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Man pleads guilty to stealing over $56K from dead brothers estate

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DAUPHIN COUNTY, Pa- A Mount Joy man admitted in court that he stole more than $56,000 from his dead brother’s estate.

David Pfautz, 57, plead guilty to theft in Dauphin County Court this week. As part of his guilty plea, Pfautz made a restitution payment of $56, 276.99, the amount he stole from his brother’s estate for his own personal gain, according to the district attorney’s office.

Prosecutors said the day after Pfautz’s brother died unexpectedly in January 2013, Pfautz had his brother’s widow sign a power of attorney for the estate, which included her children’s trust funds.

Pfautz then used the funds to pay off his debts and to buy items for himself, including stereo equipment for his vehicle and boat.

At sentencing, Pfautz’s niece provided a written impact statement that was read to the court detailing the significant emotional impact this has had on her family and that the betrayal by her uncle has been absolutely devastating to her family.  The widow of Pfautz’s brother also provided an impact statement that echoed her daughter and detailed the emotional impact that this caused her family, especially considering Pfautz’s constant postings on social media regarding his lavish lifestyle, but also how it has made her and her children realize the importance of family and has made them stronger.