Ohio funeral director pleads guilty to theft


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 (http://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.


Information from: The Vindicator, http://www.vindy.com