Cemetery owner arrested in Pa.


By Glenn Battishill - gbattishill@delgazette.com



The owner of Fairview Memorial Park was charged with engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity and theft is in custody after he was arrested by federal authorities in Pennsylvania.

Officials from the Delaware County Sheriff’s Office reported Friday (April 28) that Theodore Lloyd Martin, 53, of Ravenna, Ohio, was arrested Thursday by federal law enforcement in Pennsylvania.

The sheriff’s office reports his arrest was related to a previous federal case and not related to his ongoing case in Delaware County Common Pleas Court where he and his wife, Arminda, are accused of taking money for items and services at Fairview Memorial Park but never delivering the items or services.

Prosecutors said during Theodore’s arraignment that he and Arminda were both found guilty of tax evasion after a federal investigation and were each sentenced to one year in prison.

However, because someone needed to run the three cemeteries run by the Martins, a judge ordered that Arminda serve her one year sentence first and Theodore would be free on bond until Arminda’s sentence was served then he would serve one year sentence.

Sheriff’s Officials said Friday that Theodore was taken into custody by federal law enforcement for violating terms of his bond in the tax evasion case.

Martin was reportedly still in custody Friday.

His trial in Delaware County Common Pleas Court remains set for May 30. An oral hearing is also set for May 16.

Theodore is charged with one count of engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity, a second-degree felony and 51 counts of theft, 27 fourth-degree felonies, 21 fifth-degree felonies and three first-degree misdemeanors.

Additionally, Martin was also indicted on April 28 and charged with one count of theft, a fourth degree felony. According to court documents, Martin sold a vault and two headstones to a Delaware County woman for $5,900 and used part of that money to post bond in March.

An arraignment for the new charge has not been set.

Arminda was also indicted with Theodore on Feb. 24 and was charged with one count of engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity, a second-degree felony; and 37 counts of theft, 17 fourth-degree felonies, 17 fifth-degree felonies, and three first-degree misdemeanors.

Krueger said that Theodore faces between two to eight years in prison for the second-degree felony; between six to 18 months in prison for the fourth-degree felonies and between six and 12 months in prison for the fifth-degree felonies.

An arraignment for Arminda has not yet been set in Delaware County Common Pleas Court.

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By Glenn Battishill

gbattishill@delgazette.com

Glenn Battishill can be reached at 740-413-0903 or on Twitter @BattishillDG.

Glenn Battishill can be reached at 740-413-0903 or on Twitter @BattishillDG.