Former North Olmsted funeral home owner accused of stealing $100K from victims pleads guilty

Updated: Jun. 4, 2021 at 8:13 AM EDT
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NORTH OLMSTED, Ohio (WOIO) - A 70-year-old man accused of stealing over $100,000 from prepaid funeral plans appeared in court Friday morning for a change a plea hearing.

Mark Kacirek, the former owner of Kacirek Funeral Homes in North Olmsted, plead guilty to charges of theft and receiving stolen property

That’s a change from his previous plea of not guilty on Sept. 4, 2019.

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

Watch Kacirek’s change of plea hearing in the video below.

The prosecutor explained that a decision on restitution is still to come. “This is an extremely unusual case,” he said. “Ultimately, services were provided to victims by other parties.”

Kacirek faces six to 18 months in prison for each count. He’ll be sentenced at 10 a.m. on Sept. 9.

“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.

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