Funeral Home Director Friend or Foe

Funeral Home Director Friend or Foe

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RYE COVE NATIVE

Knoxville, TN

#1 Jul 18, 2007
http://www.timesnews.net/article.php...

Former Duffield funeral home director, Anthoney Carson Robbins, arrested in Loudoun County, Va.

Published 07/17/2007 By Kacie Dingus Breeding

Virginia State Police have taken Anthoney Carson Robbins, a former Duffield funeral home director accused of embezzlement, into custody without incident at a funeral home in Purcellville, Va., where police say he was doing embalming work.

Just days after Scott County Circuit Court issued 51 capias orders for Robbins' arrest, VSP were in contact with Robbins' attorney, according to VSP Sergeant Michael Conroy.

Scott County Commonwealth's Attorney Marcus McClung told Times-News last week that 21 of the charges against Robbins are felonies, while the remaining 30 are "regulatory in nature."

The charges stem from Robbins' alleged embezzlement of funds from 15 people who came to him to have funeral services prearranged as well as the forgery of signatures on documents relating to Robbins' alleged attempts to set up those accounts for five of the victims later, VSP Special Agent Bill Whitt said last week.

At around 7 p.m., officials were booking Robbins into the Loudoun County Adult Detention Center
RYE COVE NATIVE

Knoxville, TN

#2 Jul 18, 2007
http://www.timesnews.net/article.php...

VSP searching for funeral home director charged with embezzlement
Published 07/13/2007 By Clifford Jeffery

DUFFIELD - "I've got issues with the (expletive)."

Suzy Lane expressed an attitude this week that many in Duffield have with a former funeral home director.

Lane is legally blind. She has power of attorney for her mother, who is also blind. Lane decided earlier this year to plan and prepay her mother's funeral expenses. She went to Anthoney Carson Robbins at Duffield Funeral Home.

Lane said Robbins told her he owned the funeral home, which she says wasn't true.

Well, that is not exactly true, said Virginia State Police Special Agent Bill Whitt.

Whitt said Robbins did own the funeral home business, including supplies, furnishings and a hearse. He did not own the building, Whitt said.

The building is now for sale - empty of everything Robbins had put into it, and Robbins' whereabouts are unknown.

The 44-year-old man was indicted Tuesday by a Scott County grand jury on 51 charges stemming from his alleged embezzlement of funds from people who came to him to prearrange funeral services, Whitt said.

For a time, Robbins worked at a funeral home in Springfield, Va. But Whitt said he does not work there anymore, and the owners do not know where he is.

"His mother lives in Pennington. We're in the process of trying to find him," Whitt said.

The charges against Robbins involve 15 people whom he allegedly sold pre-planned funerals to but failed to put the money into trust accounts. Robbins did later try to set up accounts for five of the people, Whitt said. Charges were authorized against Robbins for forging signatures in order to start those accounts.

He had 30 days to put the money in those accounts, Whitt said. When he passed that time frame, it became an infraction even if he did try to resolve it later, Whitt said.

Lane later recovered her $2,500, but not everyone was so lucky.

Five others got back all but about $1,000. The other nine people lost everything they gave him, Whitt said.

Whitt estimated that Robbins took $80,000 over the past seven years.

"One family is out $15,000. That was this couple's life savings. They were paying for their funerals and only get about $500 a month from Social Security to live on," Whitt said.

A capias is automatically issued upon authorization of charges by the grand jury, but a Scott County Circuit Court staff member said she has to complete two capias forms for each charge following a grand jury indictment. That means 102 separate forms have to be filled out. The capias orders were still being prepared Thursday afternoon.

Twenty-one of the 51 counts against Robbins are felonies. The other 30 charges are regulatory in nature, said Scott County Commonwealth's Attorney Marcus McClung.

Although he has been indicted, Robbins is presumed innocent unless proven guilty in a court of law.

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