Cemetery owner arrested after ABC 6 Investigation
The owner of Fairview Memorial Park Cemetery was arrested in Pennsylvania.
Ted Martin is being held in the Washington County Jail.
The Martins are accused of taking money from at least 44 families for cemetery merchandise like caskets, vaults, and memorial markers, and never delivering them. Those problems were documented in an ABC 6 Investigation in February of 2016.
A Delaware County grand jury returned a 54-count indictment against Martins, charging them with engaging in corrupt activity and dozens of counts of theft.
Besides Fairview Memorial, the Martins own Grandview Memorial Park in Ravenna, and Suburban Memorial Gardens in Pennsylvania. All three cemeteries are in financial trouble. The Martins were indicted on fraud charges in Portage County and on similar charges in York County, PA.
In 2016, the Martins pleaded guilty to income tax evasion for hiding income from the three cemeteries. Myndi is currently serving her sentence. Ted is supposed to start his in August. Prosecutors said the couple failed to report nearly $800,000 in income between 2008 and 2011. The U.S. Attorney said they would withdraw money from cemetery bank accounts by using cemetery credit cards at casino ATM's.
Ted Martin was arrested by the Pennsylvania State Police. They found him at a casino.
Martin is expected to return to Delaware to face charges after he waives extradition.