- Associated Press - Thursday, March 6, 2014

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange says the Elmore County Coroner and a funeral home director have been convicted of theft and ethics violations.

Strange said Thursday that Timothy Ellison pleaded guilty to theft and using his position for personal gain. Director of the Hillside Mortuary Yancey Joe Mitchell III also pleaded guilty to theft and aiding and abetting Ellison by providing false paperwork.

Alabama law allows coroners to be reimbursed for transporting bodies to the Department of Forensic Sciences or funeral homes. Strange says Ellison overcharged the county, state and several municipalities.

Ellison is ordered to pay nearly $8,000 in restitution and is scheduled to be sentenced April 9.

Mitchell has been sentenced to a year of probation and is ordered to pay a $250 fine and court costs.

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