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Judge sentences ex-funeral home director to prison
The former director of a funeral home is heading to prison for up to four years.
After stealing an estimated $500,000 in funeral funds, Marti Schrauben of Portland was sentenced to 16 months to four years in prison on 18 counts, including embezzlement, insurance fraud and racketeering.
He also owes court fines, costs and fees.
Prosecutors said Schrauben forged death certificates and submitted fake claims to insurance companies.
His business partner at Schrauben-Lehman Funeral Homes in Ionia and Portland discovered money was missing from pre-paid funeral accounts.
Restitution will be determined at a future hearing.