Ex-mortician accused of fraud pleads guilty in another case

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Thomas Clock

MUSKEGON, Mich. (AP) — A Muskegon County funeral director accused of empty-box burials has pleaded guilty in a second drunken driving case.

The Muskegon Chronicle reports a judge Thursday accepted Thomas Clock III’s plea and scheduled a July 11 sentencing. He pleaded guilty in another drunken driving case in April.

His January arrest led to the discovery of a woman’s body in Clock’s parked funeral van. Authorities say Clock buried an empty urn and misled relatives that it contained her remains.

He faces another fraud charge after a container intended for the cremated remains of a baby was found empty.

He’s been jailed or hospitalized under guard since his March arrest in the second drunken driving case.

Clock owned and operated the former Clock Funeral Home of White Lake in Whitehall.

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