Police arrest woman for pretending to be cemetery manager, profiting from digging up old burial plot, selling as new

Crime

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (WTNH) — A Connecticut woman was arrested Sept. 15, 2020, after police say she had been pretending to be a cemetery manager and had been profiting from burial plot sales and services.

This happened at the Park City Cemetery in Bridgeport.

Police report Dale LaPrade, 65, is accused of making money by digging up old graves at the cemetery and using them for new burial plots.

She is charged with larceny.

Additionally, LaPrade is accused of using over $60,000 in cemetery accounts for personal expenses. Detectives are assisting people with loved ones who are buried at Park City.

A small group of people who have family members buried at the cemetery were present at the cemetery Sept. 30 and told News 8 they’re angered by what the former manager allegedly did.

Laprade was arrested back in 2018 and charged with felony interference with a cemetery after police found bones, gravestones, and pieces of casket discarded with new dirt on top of old graves. A judge ordered her to be removed as manager back then where she held the position for 12 years.

Fence at Park City Cemetery locked with chain. – 093020

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