ARENAC COUNTY (WJRT) -
(05/21/14) - A former Mid-Michigan funeral home director has plead guilty to one count of embezzlement.
The attorney for the man says this is an unusual agreement because all the victims in the case will get their money back and the funerals that have been pre-paid for, will be done.
Richard Weishuhn still faces possible prison time in this plea agreement, but his attorney says that's not the main concern for his client.
"This was a case of probably more business practices than intent to defraud or steal from people," said attorney Mike Manley.
The case revolved around the former owner of the R.O. Savage Funeral Chapel in Standish. The state's Attorney General's Office accused Weishuhn of embezzling more than $200,000 earmarked for prepaid funerals for personal and business expenses.
"People prepaid funeral homes and that should have gone into a trust account, and went into a general business account, that is wrong, that is illegal," Manley said.
In an Arenac County courtroom, Weishuhn plead guilty to one count of embezzlement of over $100,000.
Manley addressed an estimated 20 victims in court, telling them, "The funeral home has been sold, and that has been sold to somebody who is going to come in, set money aside in a trust for anybody who wants their money back, anybody who wants to go to a different funeral home, and have their services done there, money would be set aside for that."
Manley believes a second count of embezzlement will be dismissed. He says the funeral home that is purchasing the Standish chapel is Lee-Ramsey Funeral Home in Pinconning.
Manley, who has family ties to the Standish area, says the Attorney General's Office and the state of Michigan are satisfied with the plea agreement.
"I think when you have a small town like this, and the community is so close, you have to have a certain feel for the community and you have to make it right, and I think that's what we did," he said.