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Former Flint funeral home owner facing felony charges

Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette announced the charges against O'Neil Swanson III. (Photo from WEYI/WSMY)

FLINT, Mich - Former Flint funeral home owner O'Neill Swanson III has been charged with ten felony counts of funeral contracts- conversion.

Schuette said Swanson allegedly offered prepaid funeral contracts that he was not legally licensed to offer and failed to properly deposit money and used them for personal expenses.

Swanson is the former operator of Swanson Funeral Home on Martin Luther King Avenue in Flint.

“This individual has taken advantage of his customers, breaking not only their trust but the law,” said Schuette. “I want to thank LARA for their involvement in this case and note that this should serve as a warning to other individuals looking to make a quick buck by taking advantage of others," said Schuette.

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Swanson was charged with 10 counts of Funeral Contracts – conversion, a five-year felony.

On Friday, June 8 he was arraigned in 67th District Court before Judge Crawford.

Swanson was given a personal recognizance bond. His next court appearance is scheduled for June 20, 2018.

In July 2017, Swanson Funeral Home in Flint had its license revoked by the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA). During the suspension process, LARA was approached by an individual who alleged they had signed a prepaid funeral contract with Swanson.

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