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Former funeral director indicted for fraud and more

Former funeral director indicted (Source: WOIO) Former funeral director indicted (Source: WOIO)
Carl Monday first exposed her. Now a former funeral director has been indicted by a Cuyahoga County Grand Jury.

Prosecutors say Patricia Wills pocketed thousands of dollars that were supposed to be used to bury an elderly Cleveland woman.

Patricia Wills operated the House of Wills, the oldest black funeral home in the city.

The case involves a woman named Katherine Moore. When Moore entered a nursing home 17 years ago, she bought a pre-paid funeral policy through the House of Wills.

When Moore died last year, her family discovered the House of Wills had closed after 110 years in business. So they contacted the insurance company they thought held the pre-paid policy.

To their amazement, they were told Katherine Moore had died two years earlier.

"They said she died of natural causes in 2012," son Anthony Moore told Monday last year, "It's not true at all."

Turns out, the check for over $12,000 had already been cashed. Records showed the check was supposedly sent to a woman named Doris Allen.

No one in the Moore family had ever heard of her. When Monday went looking for Doris Allen, he found the address listed didn't even exist.

Since then, The Ohio Embalmers & Funeral Directors Board has been investigating. They turned their findings over to the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor. A county Grand Jury this week indicted Wills on charges that include Grand Theft, Insurance Fraud, Forgery & Money Laundering.

Wills could not be reached for comment.

More charges could be filed. Fifteen other families say they were also fleeced by the home.

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