UPDATE: Marshall County Couple Arrested on Theft Charges at Funeral Home
GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT)– Agents with the Alabama Bureau of Investigation arrested a Marshall County couple on theft charges Friday.
Sources tell WHNT News 19 Don and Janice Bradford are charged with theft and theft by deception involving pre-need funeral policies.
Sheriff’s office spokesman Heath Thomas says the Bradfords were booked into the county jail Friday afternoon.
Officials say the charges stem from an internal audit that was conducted at Carr Funeral Home, where the couple worked since at least 2010.
That Guntersville-based business was bought by a larger, out-of-state company in 2010. After the purchase, company officials tell WHNT News 19 that audit revealed discrepancies.
Company leaders say the Bradfords were fired in 2011. They say after the couple was let go, further audits were completed, and those came back as they should be.
Company officials say they believe the discrepancies were an isolated incident.
After the couple was let go from the funeral home, the company turned the case over to the Alabama Bureau of Investigation.
Officials from that agency tell WHNT News 19 they can’t comment on this case.
Company leaders couldn’t say how many victims are affected. They did say all the affected policies have been honored and the company will continue to do so.
The Bradfords were released from jail after posting $10,000 bond each. The Alabama Attorney General’s office is handling the case.