- Associated Press - Thursday, July 24, 2014

IONIA, Mich. (AP) - The former director of a Michigan funeral home is heading to jail for up to four years after stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars in funeral funds.

Marti Schrauben of Portland, Oregon was sentenced to 16 months to four years in prison on 18 counts, including embezzlement, insurance fraud and racketeering. He also owes court fines, costs and fees.

Prosecutors say Schrauben forged death certificates and submitted fake claims to insurance companies.

His business partner at Schrauben-Lehman Funeral Homes in Ionia and Portland discovered money was missing from pre-paid funeral accounts. Schrauben stole an estimated $500,000.

Restitution will be determined in a future hearing.


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