A married couple accused of stealing from customers of a Berlin Township cemetery they previously owned each pleaded guilty to more than a dozen counts of theft earlier this month.
Arminda K. Martin, 47, on Oct. 20 pleaded guilty to 15 counts of theft beyond the scope of consent, according to a news release from the Delaware County Prosecutor's Office. One of the counts is a third-degree felony, eight are fourth-degree felonies and six are fifth-degree felonies, the release states.
Three days later, Theodore L. Martin, 54, pleaded guilty to 14 counts of theft beyond the scope of consent, according to the prosecutor's office. One of the counts is a third-degree felony, eight are fourth-degree felonies and five are fifth-degree felonies, a press release states.
A Delaware County grand jury last winter returned a 54-count indictment against the couple, accused of failing to provide grave markers and other items to customers after accepting payment.
The pair formerly owned Fairview Memorial Park, 5035 Columbus Pike, and operated cemeteries in Ravenna and Dover, Pennsylvania.
A sentencing hearing for the Martins has been set for Dec. 8. Both have waived their right to appeal as part of their pleas, according to the prosecutor's office.
A judge earlier this year appointed attorney A.C. Strip as receiver for the troubled cemetery. As receiver, Strip has been tasked with maintaining the property until the cemetery can be dissolved or sold.
According to the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania, a federal judge in October 2016 sentenced each of the Martins to one year and one day in federal prison for tax evasion. The couple also was ordered to pay $304,837 in restitution to the IRS, according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney's Office.