Kentucky cemetery owner accused of stealing from customers

GEORGETOWN, Ky. (AP) - A Kentucky cemetery owner faces charges that he stole $15,300 from six customers.
 
The Lexington Herald-Leader (http://bit.ly/2c06edZ ) reports a Scott County grand jury indicted Crestlawn Cemetery owner Dale Shackelford on Friday on one count of theft by deception.
 
According to the indictment, the 57-year-old Georgetown resident unlawfully obtained the money last year by allegedly "creating the false impression" that it would be used to buy headstones and grave plots.
 
The charge carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison upon conviction.
 
Following complaints from consumers, a judge last month granted a default judgment to the state attorney general's Office of Consumer Protection and ordered Shackelford to fulfill outstanding obligations or provide refunds. Shackelford also was ordered to register the cemetery and pay civil penalties to the attorney general's office.

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