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Grandview Memorial Park owners sentenced to federal prison

By Dave O'Brien | staff writer Published: October 19, 2016 4:37 PM

The owners of Grandview Memorial Park in Ravenna Township were sentenced to prison Tuesday by a federal judge in Pennsylvania for years of income tax evasion related to their ownership of that cemetery and two others.

Theodore L. "Ted" Martin, 51, and Arminda K. "Myndi" Martin, 44, were sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge John E. Jones III to one year and one day each in federal prison at a hearing in federal court in Harrisburg, Pa., the office of Bruce D. Brandler, U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Pennsylvania, announced Wednesday.

Jones also ordered the couple to pay $304,837 in restitution to the IRS, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.

An IRS investigation found that the Martins failed to report $786,533 in proceeds from the three cemeteries they own -- Grandview, Fairview Memorial Park in Delaware County, Ohio, and Suburban Memorial Gardens in Dover, Pa. -- on their federal tax returns each year from 2008 to 2011.

The couple still face 24 felony and misdemeanor charges in Portage County Common Pleas Court related to alleged improper record keeping and violations of state cemetery regulations. Police in Delaware County, Ohio, and York County, Pa., also are conducting criminal investigations.


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