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NY man charged with freezing mom, cashing checks

New York state man accused of stashing his 98-year-old mother's dead body in a freezer in their home so he could keep cashing her Social Security checks.

world Updated: Mar 26, 2009 14:27 IST

A New York state man has been accused of stashing his 98-year-old mother's dead body in a freezer in their home so he could keep cashing her Social Security checks. State police say they discovered Herta Auslander's body in a freezer chest in October who had been dead for more than a year. An autopsy concluded she died of natural causes.

Police say 69-year-old Roland Auslander eluded capture for months but was arrested on Wednesday following a stakeout at his home in the hamlet of Cooks Falls, about 100 miles (160 kilometers) northwest of New York City. They say he's charged with grand larceny, unlawful disposal of human remains and forgery for faking his mother's signature.

He's jailed and can't be reached for comment. Police say they don't know if he has a lawyer.