Former New Haven funeral director blames ex for burial fund foul-up

Published On: Nov 08 2012 09:06:43 PM EST   Updated On: Nov 08 2012 09:07:02 PM EST

An ex-Michigan funeral director has received probation for mishandling $13,000 received for prepaid burials but is blaming his ex-wife for failing to put the cash into escrow.

John Olszewski pleaded guilty to funeral contract conversion under a deal with prosecutors. He was sentenced Thursday by Macomb County Circuit Judge Richard Caretti and must repay the money to six ex-customers.

Olszewski owned the now-closed Duncan-Olszewski Funeral Home in New Haven, about 30 miles northeast of Detroit.

Defense lawyer Stephen Becker says Olszewski's ex-wife received the money, and his client "relied on her" to put it in escrow.

Becker also says his client had a deal with state regulators to repay the funds in full before the charges were filed. Assistant Prosecutor Sian Hengeveld says she was unaware of such a deal.


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