Florida launches investigation after fake nephew cremates veteran
BY CNN WIRE
JULY 16, 2019
CITRUS COUNTY, FL — A U.S. Navy veteran was cremated after a man falsely claiming to be his nephew signed off on his cremation and death certificate, the I-Team uncovered.
Navy veteran Robert Walaconis of Hernando, Florida died June 5, 2018 at 71 years old.
His son and daughter said they found out months later.
They claim items were missing from their father’s home – including a gun collection – and told the I-Team they were shocked when they discovered his death certificate listed a nephew named Todd Smith.
But Walaconis doesn’t have a nephew, according to his son, Michael.
Michael said that fake nephew also made decisions against his father’s wishes.
“He wanted to be buried in Fort Indiantown Gap in Pennsylvania,” said Michael. “I can’t believe this could happen to someone.”
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