Ex-mortician resolves empty-box burial cases with plea deals
MUSKEGON, Mich. (AP) — A former funeral director accused of empty-box burials in Muskegon County has entered pleas to resolve two cases.
The Muskegon Chronicle reports Thomas Clock III pleaded no contest Thursday in separate cases of common-law fraud. One case included an additional count of providing mortuary services without a license.
Sentencing is set for July. A judge agreed to no more than eight months in jail.
Clock’s 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 cremated remains.
He faced another fraud charge after a container intended for the cremated remains of a baby was found empty.
Clock owned and operated the former Clock Funeral Home of White Lake in Whitehall.