GIRARD, Ohio (WKBN) — The McClurkin Funeral Home, 222 S. Main St. in Girard, and its owners, Patrick J. McClurkin and Robert J. McClurkin, has had its licenses suspended by the Ohio Board of Embalmers and Funeral Directors.
The board suspended the funeral director’s licenses and the embalmers licenses at a meeting on Monday following an investigation. A statement from the board says Robert and Patrick McClurkin are accused of stealing more than $400,000 from numerous customers and “placed the funeral services of these individuals in clear jeopardy.”
The statement says the funeral home violated Ohio laws regarding the placement of money received for pre-paid funeral contracts and the case has been referred to the Trumbull County Prosecutor’s Office for possible criminal charges.
The Ohio Board of Embalmers and Funeral Directors, Girard police and the Trumbull County Prosecutor’s Office are investigating.
This is the second funeral home in the past month to be shut down by the board. In August, McDermott Funeral Home in Niles was shut down after it was discovered that owner Robert McDermott allegedly stole $150,000 in pre-paid funeral expenses. It later was discovered that the funeral home also may have mishandled cremated remains.