- Associated Press - Friday, January 1, 2016

TUSCOLA, Ill. (AP) - A central Illinois funeral home director without a valid professional license is accused of electronically forging another director’s name on death certificates.

The (Champaign) News-Gazette reports (https://bit.ly/1YTAKMF ) 35-year-old Andrew Appleby will be arraigned Monday.

He was charged last month in Douglas County with 15 forgery counts after state police and the comptroller’s office investigated. He allegedly used the funeral director number assigned to his grandfather to electronically file death certificates with Illinois from August 2013 to March 2015.

The newspaper’s attempts to reach Appleby were unsuccessful. His grandfather, Robert Joines, confirmed Appleby isn’t affiliated with the Newman funeral home anymore.

Public records show Appleby’s funeral director and embalmer license was suspended in 2013. Appleby continued to provide services until 2015 when the comptroller’s office revoked his license to sell prepaid funeral contracts.

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Information from: The News-Gazette, https://www.news-gazette.com


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