The owners of a Berlin Township cemetery face dozens of charges after they reportedly took money from customers without providing anything in return.
A Delaware County grand jury Feb. 24 returned a 54-count indictment against Arminda K. Martin, 46, and Theodore L. Martin, 53, who own Fairview Memorial Park, 5035 Columbus Pike, according to court records. Delaware County's prosecutor's and sheriff's offices last year issued a joint news release to warn residents to be cautious in any dealings with the Martins as investigators built a case against them.
"There are 44 victims named in the indictment," Delaware County Prosecutor Carol O'Brien said in a statement. "They describe purchasing items such as grave markers, grave plots, and vaults, all of which were never provided after payment."
The Martins, who live in Ravenna, each face one count of engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity, a second-degree felony; 17 counts of fourth-degree felony theft; 15 counts of fifth-degree felony theft; and three counts of first-degree misdemeanor theft, according to the Delaware County Prosecutor's office.
Theodore Martin additionally faces 10 counts of fourth-degree felony theft and six counts of fifth-degree felony theft. Arminda Martin additionally faces two counts of fifth-degree felony theft.
According to the United States Attorney's Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania, a federal judge in October sentenced both 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.
The couple also previously operated Grandview Memorial Park near the city of Ravenna in Portage County, as well as a cemetery in York County, Pennsylvania.