A Somerset funeral director who admitted stealing money donated from grieving families and charities had avoided a jail sentence.
Alison Pople asked the bereaved for charitable donations in memory of their loved ones - but kept the money for herself.
She also sent the victims fake thank you letters, pretending to be the charities they donated to.
In court she was given a 15 month sentence, suspended for two years.
The charities included Help for Heroes, Weston Hospice Care and the Alzheimer's Society.
In sentencing, Judge David Ticehurst told the disgraced undertaker:
”Those charities do good work for the most vulnerable in society who need our support.
“Retaining that money was stealing from the most vulnerable and weakest members of society.”
He said Pople, from Cheddar, Somerset, had abused the trust of relatives.