GIRARD, Ohio - The Ohio Board of Embalmers and Funeral Directors has suspended the licenses of a Girard funeral home amid allegations they stole more than $400,000 from clients.
On Monday the board suspended both the funeral directors licenses and embalmer's licenses of Patrick and Robert McClurkin, owners of McClurkin funeral home on South State Street, after finding "there is clear and convincing evidence that the licensee's continued practice presents a danger of immediate and serious harm to the public."
The board suspended the license without a hearing, following an investigation in which the board found evidence the pair took the money from clients, "placing the funeral services of these individuals in clear jeopardy," according to a finding issued by the board.
The Girard police department and Trumbull county prosecutor's office have been contacted to assist in the investigation and criminal charges could be filed.
21 News has attempted to reach the McClurkins for comment, but they were not in the office after business hours.