Former North Olmsted funeral homeowner convicted of stealing $100K from prepaid plans sentenced to 18 months behind bars

Published: Sep. 9, 2021 at 8:30 AM EDT
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NORTH OLMSTED, Ohio (WOIO) - A 70-year-old man convicted of stealing over $100,000 from prepaid funeral plans was sentenced Thursday morning in the Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas.

Mark Kacirek, the former owner of Kacirek Funeral Homes in North Olmsted, must serve 18 months in prison and 3 years probation.

Kacirek admitted to his crimes in June, pleading guilty to one count of theft and two counts receiving stolen property.

North Olmsted police said 15 people reported prepaying for a funeral from 2014 to 2019. But when the time came to use the money, police said there was nothing in their accounts.

“It got co-mingled, and I’m apologizing and I’m sorry for that. It just happened. With the funeral home accounts. When the funeral home dissolved itself, it went to paying off other expenditures,” Kacirek told 19 News during a 2019 interview.

“What expenditures?” we asked. “I’m not quite certain yet. We’re looking into that,” Kacirek replied.

19 News found Kacirek’s funeral home had been out of business since 2009 and his licenses expired in 2012.

Watch his sentencing in the video below.

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