YOUNGSTOWN, OHIO: Three former owners of Northeast Ohio funeral homes have pleaded not guilty to charges that they stole thousands of dollars from customers at their businesses.
The three entered pleas Monday in Warren related to indictments accusing them of mishandling money that was pre-paid for funeral services.
Charged are 49-year-old Robert J. McClurkin and 47-year-old Patrick J. McClurkin, 47, both of Girard, as well as 51-year-old Robert P. McDermott Sr. of Niles.
Each was secretly indicted last week on between 10 and 20 charges.
The Youngstown Vindicator reports that The McClurkins were owners of McClurkin Funeral Home in Girard, and McDermott was owner of Robert P. McDermott Memorial Home in Niles. Officials prosecuted the cases together, though there has been no stated link between the two funeral homes.