Ohio funeral home owner pleads guilty to 36 charges in theft case, agrees to serve 4 years

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DAYTON, Ohio — The co-owner of a now-shuttered Dayton funeral home has pleaded guilty to 36 charges of theft from an elderly or disabled person, tampering with records and violating contracts.

The Montgomery County prosecutor said Friday that 46-year-old Michelle Gavin entered the pleas after a plea agreement.

Prosecutors dropped 15 other charges. Gavin agreed to serve four years in prison and will be sentenced Sept. 10.

Gavin owned and operated the Magetti-Gavin Funeral Home with her husband. The prosecutor says more than $200,000 Gavin accepted for pre-paid funeral arrangements from more than 60 people is gone.

The law required her to keep payment money in a trust or insurance policy.

Attorney Jim Ambrose says she was trying to keep the funeral home going and feels terrible for all she let down.

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