Criminal Charges and Law

Former funeral director facing 14 felony charges

June 3, 2010

A former Indianapolis funeral director is facing 14 felony charges for corrupt business influence, forgery and theft after a grand jury investigation.

Marvin L. Boatright, who operated a funeral home at 21st and Illinois streets, has been charged with 10 counts of forgery, three counts of theft and one count of corrupt business influence over allegations he falsified death certificates, stole funeral trust money and continued to do business after the state suspended his license.

The corrupt business influence charge, a Class C felony, stems from Boatright's actions between November 2007 and March 2009, according to the indictment.

The state permanently revoked Boatright's license in 2008, after he continued working after an earlier suspension. That suspension was ordered after Boatright had a body cremated against the family's wishes.

Boatright, 52, was arrested Wednesday and remained in the Marion County Jail on Thursday.

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