Ohio funeral director pleads guilty to theft

WARREN -- A former funeral director in northeast Ohio has pleaded guilty to charges that he stole more than $250,000 from customers who prepaid for funeral arrangements.

A judge in Warren set a sentencing hearing for June 11 for 52-year-old Robert McDermott Sr., who operated a funeral home in Niles. Trumbull County prosecutors are recommending a sentence of three years in prison. He pleaded guilty Thursday.

Prosecutors say McDermott was charged for failing to put money for prepaid funeral arrangements into a trust account or insurance policy. They don't know what happened to the money, but will ask the judge to order McDermott to pay restitution.

The (Youngstown) Vindicator reports that the Ohio Board of Embalmers and Funeral Directors permanently revoked the licenses of McDermott and his funeral home in July.


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