Former Oklahoma funeral director accused of misusing funds

SAPULPA — A former director of two funeral homes was charged Thursday with embezzlement, accused of misusing trust funds for prepaid burial plans, authorities said.

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BY MANNY GAMALLO - Tulsa World Published: May 6, 2011
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A former director of two funeral homes was charged Thursday with embezzlement, accused of misusing trust funds for prepaid burial plans, authorities said.

Ronald C. Schumacher, 61, of Bristow, was charged in Creek and Okfuskee counties. He was in Creek County jail Thursday, with bail set at $45,000.

Schumacher operated Schumacher Funeral Homes in Bristow and Okemah.

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Randy Brogdon, a deputy in the agency's Anti-Fraud Unit, said Ronald C. Schumacher has been in trouble before. He said complaints filed against him two years ago also alleged mishandling of trust fund money. That case involved 80 people and about $100,000, Brogdon said. Of that, he said, about $40,000 was missing, and Schumacher made restitution.

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