NEW PHILADELPHIA — A Tuscarawas County grand jury has indicted former West Lafayette resident Martin M. Feldner on nine felony counts for allegedly embezzling more than $750,000 from Addy Funeral Home in Newcomerstown.
Felder, who currently resides in Myrtle Beach, S.C., was indicted on two counts of engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity, first-degree felonies; two counts of engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity, second-degree felonies; one count of aggravated theft, a second-degree felony; two counts of forgery, third-degree felonies; one count of forgery, a fourth-degree felony; and one count of forgery, a fifth-degree felony.
"The indictment alleged embezzlement of more than $750,000 from the business from Feb. 17, 2010, through April 9, 2018," said Tuscarawas County Prosecutor Ryan Styer in announcing the nine-count indictment by a grand jury.
The engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity indictments alleges Feldner made unauthorized payments to himself using client’s prepaid expense deposit and registered the payments as being made to various insurance companies, various vendors and a previous owner, as well as misappropriating checks made payable to Thomas Addy.
Feldner is also accused of forging account registers and endorsing checks made payable to Thomas Addy, resulting in the four forgery charges.
The aggravated theft indictment states Feldner deprived the owner, Thomas G. Addy, and Addy Funeral Homes of property, to wit: money, and knowingly obtain or exert control over either the property or services by deception.
An arraignment hearing for Feldner is scheduled for May 31 before Tuscarawas County Common Pleas Court Judge Edward E. O’Farrell.
If convicted, Feldner faces a maximum of more than 50 year in prison.