A defunct funeral home owner in Ohio was charged with theft and fraud after accepting payments from clients. The 45-year-old woman was indicted Dec. 20 on 51 counts that included engaging in corrupt activity, tampering with records and violation of pre-needs contracts. The woman owned and operated the funeral home with her husband.

The woman allegedly accepted more than $200,000 in pre-paid funeral arrangements, from over 60 people. The money is now gone, however. The law requires that those funds be deposited in a trust or life insurance policy. Annual reports must also be filed with the Ohio Board of Embalmers and Funeral Directors. The funeral’s business listing was not working and no phone listing could be found.

Ohio funeral home owner charged with theft, fraud”, December 21, 2013