- Associated Press - Friday, May 23, 2014

WARREN, Ohio (AP) - 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 (https://bit.ly/TBftrD ) 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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Information from: The Vindicator, https://www.vindy.com

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