This article has been corrected to say Cynthia Black was found guilty after a stipulated bench trial and did not plead guilty.
DILLSBURG, Pa. (WHTM) — A woman from York Haven has been found guilty of putting her maternal grandmother’s remains in a freezer to collect her social security checks and has been sentenced to time in prison.
According to the York County Public Defender’s Office, Cynthia Black was found guilty on April 6 after a stipulated bench trial to a misdemeanor charge of Abuse Of Corpse, and felony Theft By Deception and Receiving Stolen Property.
In February 2019, police were called to a bank-owned home for sale in Dillsburg to investigate skeletal remains wrapped in a black trash bag in a white chest freezer.
Investigators used DNA to help determine that the remains were those of Glenora Reckord Delahay.
Officials say Black told investigators she moved the corpse from Ardmore to Dillsburg in 2007 after finding her grandmother deceased.
Black then used her grandmother’s federal Social Security payments to cover the mortgage. Police said Social Security paid $186,000 for Delahay from 2001 to 2010.
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According to the District Attorney’s office, Black has been sentenced to 11.5 to 23 months in York County Prison for Receiving Stolen Property. Following her time in prison, she has been sentenced to two years probation for Abuse of a Corpse.