Indiana prosecutors say funeral director Richard D. Pyke mishandled his customers’ prepaid funeral money, cremated animals and pets together, and gave the wrong ashes back to families:
A southern Indiana funeral home director faces more than 60 charges for allegedly defrauding families of money and delivering bogus cremated remains to others. Richard D. Pyke was already in jail at the Clark County Detention Center facing similar charges. On Tuesday, prosecutors filed an additional 36 charges against him, including theft and insurance fraud… Asst. Chief Prosecutor Jeremy Mull says Pyke mishandled money intended for a cemetery trust fund, which was established for families who pre-paid for burial services.
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