Weishuhn waives arraignment, pretrial scheduled
STANDISH — The circuit court arraignment for Richard Weishuhn scheduled for April 23 was waived by the defendant, and Weishuhn is scheduled to appear in 23rd Circuit Court for a pretrial May 7 at 10:30 a.m.
Weishuhn, the owner of the R.O. Savage Funeral Chapel in Standish, has been charged with one count of embezzlement of $100,000 or more and one count of embezzlement more than $50,000 but less than $100,000 by the Michigan Attorney General’s Office.
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An April 16 press release from Attorney General Bill Schuette alleged that Weishuhn, 68, spent $112,333 in prepaid funeral monies for business and personal use in 2012, and $87,945 in prepaid funeral funds for personal or business use in 2011.
The R.O. Savage Funeral Chapel’s license was suspended by the state’s Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs in January for failing to escrow more than $600,000 in prepaid funeral contracts and other violations.
Schuette’s press release said an audit conducted by LARA last fall showed that 174 prepaid funeral contracts valued at $601,438 were allegedly not held in escrow as required by law. The contracts were also allegedly commingled with the Savage Funeral Chapel business account.
Attorney Allison Furtaw of the Attorney General’s office is prosecuting the case. Weishuhn is being represented by Attorney Michael Manley, of Flint.