Bond set at $5,000 for woman accused of defrauding grieving family

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Courtesy: Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s Office

EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WEHT) – Caroline Rich, a woman accused of defrauding a family of over $18,000, had bond set at $5,000 by a judge on Thursday.

The prosecutor asked for a higher bond, but the judge set it at $5,000.

Rich faces three charges of fraud and three charges of theft.

She’s accused of defrauding the family of Oliver Dill, a child who passed away in a hot car at the University of Southern Indiana back in July.

Authorities said payments were made out to a Paypal account, along with personal checks, with the belief that she would transfer the funds to Dignity Memorial to purchase plots and headstones.

Dignity Memorial has been fully cooperating with the investigation and plans to refund an overage on the account and absorb the loss of the remaining balance, the sheriff’s office said.

Rich is scheduled for a court appearance next Tuesday.

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(This story was originally published on September 12, 2019)

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