Portland Man Convicted Of Embezzling Money Families Paid For Funerals

Posted at 11:15 AM, May 20, 2014
and last updated 2014-05-20 11:20:03-04
Schrauben – Marti – embezzlement

Marti James Schrauben

IONIA, Mich. — Marti James Schrauben of Portland was convicted May 19 of embezzling money from the funeral home he worked for and pocketing money paid by the funeral home’s clients.

Schrauben, 40, was convicted 26 counts, including embezzling, forgery, and insurance fraud. All the criminal activity took place while Schrauben was working at Schrauben-Lehman Funeral Homes in Ionia.

The business has been renamed Lehman Funeral Homes, and it has honored more than $300,000 in prepaid funerals and plans to honor commitments made to other people defrauded by Schrauben, the state attorney general’s office said in a statement. Schrauben has paid another $50,000 in restitution to the funeral home.

The attorney general’s web site has a page giving information and recommendations on prepaid funerals: click here.