AP NEWS
Click to copy
Click to copy

Owner of closed funeral home ordered to pay restitution

July 25, 2019

FLINT, Mich. (AP) — The owner of a now-closed funeral home in Michigan has been ordered to pay at least $75,000 in restitution for failing to put prepaid funeral contract funds into escrow.

Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel says 58-year-old O’Neil Swanson II of West Bloomfield pleaded no contest to two felonies. A no-contest plea isn’t an admission of guilt but is treated as such at sentencing.

The Swanson Funeral Home in Flint was closed in 2017 after maggots were found in a garage where unrefrigerated bodies were being stored. Officials later determined prepaid funeral contracts were sold without a proper license.

Swanson will receive an 11-month delayed sentence. Nessel says one felony will be dismissed and Swanson will be sentenced on the remaining felony if full restitution is paid by the end of the sentence.

All contents © copyright 2019 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.