Funeral Home Couple Charged With Fraud

A man who owns a funeral home in Sylva and his wife have been arrested and charged with obtaining property by false pretense.

Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin says 56-year-old Ronnie Austin Riddle is charged with 13 counts and his 55-year-old wife Thomasine Sheehen Riddle is charged with 9 counts.

Investigators say the Riddles collected about $50,000 in premiums from at least 13 couples and individuals for pre-need burial policies between 1998 and 2009. But investigators say the couple never submitted the policy applications and money to the insurance companies.

Investigators say Ronnie Riddle owned and operated Melton Riddle Funeral Home in Sylva and his wife worked with him.

The couple turned themselves in to Jackson County sheriff's deputies earlier this week. It was not clear if they have a lawyer.


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  • by pete Location: grifton on Jan 19, 2012 at 09:21 AM
    Use to be there were three up front in the funeral home.drive up walk in dressed up driving a fancy high priced car.one would excuse himself.go in the back and a $3,000 coffin became a $4,500 dollar coffin.
  • by taxman Location: wilson on Jan 19, 2012 at 08:01 AM
    Just two more Madoff wannabees. Upstanding,Christian business people who will cheat you of your money and walk away smiling.
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