Hot Sulphur: Mortuary owner advised he could face decades in prison if convicted
February 18, 2009
Darin Foran, owner of Foran-Schoenfeld Mortuary in Hot Sulphur Springs, was advised of his rights and the potential penalties for 11 felony and four misdemeanor charges against him at a hearing in the Grand County Judicial Center on Feb. 10.
A preliminary hearing has been scheduled for 3 p.m. April 15 in District Court.
Foran, who has denied any wrong-doing through his attorney, is charged with 11 counts of theft- at risk victim”$500 or more (a Class 3 felony), and four counts of theft of $500 or less, a class 2 misdemeanor, according to court documents.
The presumptive sentencing range for each felony count is four to 12 years in prison and a fine of $3,000 to $750,000.
The presumptive sentencing range for each misdemeanor is three to 12 months in jail and a fine of $250 to $1,000.
The felony charges stem from allegations that Foran withdrew a total of more than $42,000 from pre-need accounts opened in the name of individuals to save for future funeral expenses.
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“No money has been stolen in any way,” Foran’s attorney, Michael Meyrick, told the Sky-Hi Daily News in mid-January, shortly after the charges were filed.
The misdemeanor charges are the result of allegations that Foran billed clients for transportation of bodies to the mortuary when, according to the police, Grand County Coroner Brenda Bock said she had transported the bodies.
Foran-Schoenfeld Mortuary is the only funeral home in Grand County.