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Ex-mortician resolves empty-box burial cases with plea deals

Posted: 12:18 PM, Jun 23, 2016
Updated: 2016-06-23 12:18:26-04

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.