Woman charged in bilking widow to apply for ARD
SUNBURY - A 43-year-old licensed funeral home director charged with stealing $30,000 from an elderly Coal Township woman plans to apply for acceptance into the county's Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition (ARD) program in an attempt to have her offenses expunged.
Heather Gober, of Barnesville, had her pre-trial conference Friday morning continued by Judge Charles H. Saylor at the request of Northumberland County Public Defender Melissa Norton because the defendant plans to apply for ARD. The commonwealth did not oppose the continuance.
Gober is charged by Coal Township Detective Jeff Brennan with felonies of burglary, criminal trespass, theft and receiving stolen property in connection with a June 14 incident at the Springfield home of an 82-year-old woman, whom police did not identify.
Gober, who was employed at Leonard J. Lucas Funeral Home Ltd., Shamokin, prior to her arrest, is accused of befriending the victim after her husband died and stealing $30,000 in cash from a strong box hidden in the widow's home.
The defendant, who turned herself over to authorities Aug. 19, admitted to stealing the money and has already made full restitution to the victim, police said. She was terminated from her position at the funeral home on the same day of her arrest.
If Gober is accepted and successfully completes the ARD program, the charges will be expunged.