Cemetery owners stole $500K from customers, feds say


The former owners of a York County cemetery have been indicted by a federal grand jury on charges they defrauded their customers out of approximately $500,000.

Theodore Martin, 54, and his wife, Arminda Martin, 47, owned and operated Suburban Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Dover between 2003 and 2016.

U.S. Attorney David Freed said from 2010 to about 2016, the Martins embezzled money they received for pre-paid burial services such as plots, vaults, caskets, and markers.

The couple used the money for their own personal gain, including for gambling, Freed said.

The Martins, formerly of York County, are accused of defrauding at least 200 customers.

They are charged with mail fraud and conspiracy to commit mail fraud.

Freed said the maximum penalty under federal law is 20 years in prison on each count, a term of supervised release following imprisonment, and a $250,000 fine.

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