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Former operator of Swanson Funeral Home charged with felonies

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FLINT, MI (WNEM) -

The former operator of Swanson Funeral Home in Flint has been charged with 10 felony counts related to funeral contracts.

Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette announced today he charged O’Neil Swanson III, 57, with multiple counts of funeral contracts-conversion.

Schuette alleges that Swanson offered prepaid funeral contracts that he was not legally licensed to offer.

The charges also allege that Swanson failed to properly deposit prepaid funds and used them for personal expenses.

“This individual has taken advantage of his customers, breaking not only their trust but the law,” said Schuette. “I want to thank LARA for their involvement in this case and note that this should serve as a warning to other individuals looking to make a quick buck by taking advantage of others.” 

Swanson was charged on June 8 and given a personal recognizance bond.

The charges come after Swanson Funeral Home, on Martin Luther King Avenue, had its license revoked by the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) in July 2017. During the suspension process, LARA said it was approached by a person who allegedly had signed a prepaid funeral contract with Swanson.

It was determined that Swanson allegedly did not have a license to offer prepaid funeral contracts. The prepaid funeral funds are supposed to be deposited into an escrow account within 30 days of payment. The investigation also alleges that this what not done properly by Swanson.

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