WARREN, Ohio (WKBN) – A Girard ex-funeral home director was sentenced to 90 days in jail along with probation after he was convicted of stealing approximately $400,000 from 75 customers.
Robert McClurkin pleaded guilty to 11 charges, including theft and forgery, in July. On Monday, he gave a public apology to his victims.
“I would just like to apologize to the families who entrusted me with their funerals and to apologize to the court at this time. I never meant any malintent or anything vicious by it,” he said.
Robert McClurkinhas already paid $157,241 in total restitution to his victims, which investigators believe is the final amount owed.
Investigators say he and his brother, Patrick, stole more than $400,000 to customers who had prepaid funeral contracts at their funeral home in Girard.
Patrick McClurkin was sentenced to five years of probation and to pay restitution of $204,268 for his part in the crime. As a part of his plea deal, Patrick agreed to testify against Robert.
Robert McClurkin’s sentencing was delayed until the probation department could figure out just how much left was owed to the victims.
The Ohio Board of Embalmers and Funeral Directors said McClurkin Funeral Home violated Ohio laws regarding the placement of money received for prepaid funeral contracts. McClurkin’s license was suspended in September 2013, following an investigation.
Robert McClurkin will report to jail on January 2. Following his release, he will spend 90 days on electronic monitoring and five years on probation. He also has to complete 600 hours of community service and pay court costs.
There are still three victims the court is trying to locate so they can get the money that is owed to them. Those victims are Joyce Acierno, Shirley Edmund and Robert G. Smith.
The Adult Probation Department is holding the money until the victims, or their next of kin, are found. They can contact the probation department at 330-675-2531 to get their reimbursements.