Ex-funeral home owner admits to stealing from customers

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – A former funeral home owner admits her guilt in stealing money from customers.

Michelle Gavin, 46, of Brookville, pleaded guilty Friday to 36 counts against her including theft of an elderly person, grand theft and tampering with records.

Prosecutors say Gavin sold pre-need funeral contracts, then kept the money without providing services to clients.

She ran the Magetti-Gavin Funeral Home at 1508 Valley Street along with her husband.

Gavin illegally pocketed more than $200,000 from at least 60 clients. The money is long gone.

“This defendant accepted money from these victims for their prepaid funeral expenses, and instead of securing that money as required by law in order that it would be available when the person died, she used the money for her own personal expenses. Most of the victims are elderly or disabled,” said Prosecutor Mat Heck.

Gavin agreed to pay back the money. She also agreed to four years in prison followed by five years’ probation.

She will be sentenced September 10.

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