Nephew Stashes Corpse

Wednesday, February 23, 2011 - 9:15am

California man accused of keeping uncle's death a secret while using his ATM card.

A California man is behind bars after allegedly keeping his uncle's death a secret.

Investigators say Merced resident Patrick Lara lived here with his dead uncle for 30 days.

The body was found in a bedroom.

Merced County Sheriff Mark Pazin says the home was filled with mold and the roof had collapsed.

Family members called police after Lara repeatedly turned them away from the home.

That's when sheriff's deputies accompanied Lara's mother, the deceased man's sister, into the home and found the corpse.

Lara was arrested down the street from the home.

Investigators found receipts and say Lara was spending his dead uncle's money.

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