Sentencing for a Queens man who left his father's body in the Nassau morgue for a year was postponed again Tuesday when he couldn't repay more than $25,000 in benefits he stole from his father's checking account, authorities said.
Christopher Bunn, 49, of Jamaica, had pleaded guilty in October to third-degree grand larceny, a felony, and misdemeanor petty larceny after taking $7,542 in pension and $17,790 in Social Security benefits. His father, James, died of natural causes in 2014, prosecutors said, and the funds were electronically deposited into his account in the 14 months after his death.
State Supreme Court Justice Barry Kron in Kew Gardens planned to sentence Bunn to restitution and 6 months served for violating parole in a $5.9 million federal wire fraud conviction.
But Bunn's attorney wrote the judge, saying his client did not have the funds, according to a Queens district attorney's office spokeswoman. That was a repeat of Monday's scheduled sentencing, when Bunn showed up without the money and Kron ordered him held in jail. His next sentencing date is June 29.
Prosecutors, the state comptroller's office and the federal Social Security inspector general said Bunn did not claim his father's body to conceal the death and keep getting benefits.
"We did our part contacting his son numerous times" but he didn't call back, Dr. Tamara Bloom, the Nassau County medical examiner, said in a statement.
She said it is "very rare" to have unclaimed bodies -- perhaps one or two every few years -- and most of them are unidentified. Their burials are paid for by the county department of social services, she said.
The New York City Department of Social Services paid for the burial of Bunn, a retired NYPD sergeant, prosecutors said. Bloom said Hempstead Funeral Home handled services.