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Ex-funeral director indicted on additional charges

July 3, 2015

NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (AP) — The former owner of a Massachusetts funeral home accused of improperly caring for dead bodies and embezzling more than $375,000 from clients has been indicted on additional charges.

A grand jury on Tuesday indicted 54-year-old William Ryder, of South Hadley, on nine additional counts of larceny over $250 and one count of life insurance fraud.

The new charges allege that Ryder and his wife, 47-year-old Susan Ryder, defrauded a life insurance company. Susan Ryder is also indicted on single counts of insurance fraud and larceny over $250.

William Ryder pleaded not guilty last week to allegedly embezzling money from clients who thought they had bought pre-need funeral arrangements and funneling the money into his own business account.

William Ryder’s lawyer said his client is dealing with health issues.

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