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Former Richmond County coroner pleads guilty to using dead man's bank card


AUGUSTA, Georgia — A former coroner has pleaded guilty to using a dead man's bank card.

The Augusta Chronicle reports (http://bit.ly/1BqHJwl ) ex-Richmond County Coroner Grover Tuten pleaded guilty in federal court to unauthorized use of an access device.

Tuten said he withdrew $3,000 from a dead man's bank account in September 2012 to send his body to Florida for burial.

An FBI agent said the man's bank records showed calls from Tuten's number requesting a PIN number change. Tuten had access to all of the man's personal information after he died.

The FBI agent said there was no record of Tuten using money from the man's account to pay for his burial.

Tuten still faces a 13-count Richmond County Superior Court indictment on charges of theft and violating his oath of office.

Information from: The Augusta Chronicle , http://www.augustachronicle.com

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