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March 1, 2014

Businesses started with stolen money to be auctioned

Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — The Niagara County Sheriff’s Office is putting up both businesses Kenneth Heitzenrater and his wife started with the money he stole from an elderly neighbor.

At 10:30 a.m. March 13 in the Civil Division lobby of the Sheriff’s Office, 5526 Niagara Street Extension, an auction will be held for the building and property at 6817 Ridge Road in Newfane.

There, the building housed the Heitzenraters’ two businesses, Ken’s Eats and Treats and Heartland Quilts.

Heitzenrater pleaded guilty in October 2012 in Niagara County Court to fourth-degree larceny, by admitting he took over $560,000 from Matthew Pollack of Barker. Pollack was in an assisted living facility and died last year at the age of 90.

Niagara County Judge Sara S. Farkas placed Heitzenrater on five years’ probation, instead of sending him to prison for up to four years, so he could pay the restitution.

Prosecutors said in March 2010 Pollack drew up a new will naming Heitzenrater as executor and left him his house and half of everything he owned. Heitzenrater then started adding his name to all of the victim’s accounts and left nothing for the victim’s family.

The building is one-story and the property about 5-and-a-half acres.

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