The co-owner of a defunct north Dayton funeral home is accused of stealing more than a quarter of a million dollars following a Montgomery County Prosecutor’s Office investigation into the owner’s mismanagement of prepaid funeral service contracts.
Michelle Gavin, 45, a co-owner of Magetti Gavin Funeral Home, was indicted on Sept. 25 in Montgomery County Common Pleas Court for felony charges of theft from an elderly or disabled adult, grand theft, four counts of insurance fraud and give counts of violating preneeds contracts.
Gavin, a Brookville resident, appeared in court today in front of Common Pleas Court Judge Dennis Adkins, who scheduled her pre-trial court date to be held in November.
If convicted of all the charges filed against her, Gavin could face up to 26 years in prison and up to $70,000 in fines, according to Greg Flannagan, spokesman for the prosecutor’s office.
Gavin, who has not been arrested, is accused of committing the crimes between March of 1997 and March of this year, according to the indictment’s bill of information.
Gavin allegedly stole from at least 68 victims, Flannagan said.
The funeral home, 1508 Valley St., closed earlier this year after Gavin and her husband Hugh Gavin surrendered both their embalmers and funeral directors’ licenses and their funeral home’s license to the Ohio Board of Embalmers and Funeral Directors in March.
Gavin was indicted nearly two weeks after former funeral director Scherrie McLin was sentenced to four years in prison for stealing approximately $200,000 in prepaid funeral contract money.
McLin owned the defunct McLin Funeral Home at 2801 N. Gettysburg Ave.
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