BEAVER FALLS, Pa. (AP) — The Pennsylvania Board of Funeral Directors has suspended the license of a western Pennsylvania man who came under scrutiny when a body was found in a building that was subject to a sheriff's sale.

The Associated Press was unable to reach funeral director George T. Wise because his phone number was disconnected Thursday. His license has been suspended for 18 months because the board found he didn't deposit nearly $6,300 for prepaid funeral arrangements into an escrow account.

The Beaver County Times reports the suspension is not related to the incident in December when the purchaser of Wise's former Beaver Falls funeral home discovered a body being stored there after a sheriff's sale.

Wise said then he wasn't aware of the sheriff's sale and was storing the body for a family that couldn't afford funeral expenses.

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