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Megan Hess: Former funeral home owner ordered to pay restitution to families she scammed
A judge ordered two women who formerly ran a funeral home and organ donor service to pay a hefty restitution to the victims, who paid for cremation services, only to discover their loved ones’ remains had been sold in a body-brokering scam, according to a report by the Montrose Daily Press.
Megan Hess: Funeral home owner and her mother plan to appeal sentences for mail fraud case
A mother-daughter team who previously ran a funeral home and organ donor service convicted of mail fraud plan to appeal their sentences imposed on them at the start of January 2023, according to the Montrose Daily Press.
Megan Hess: Funeral home director and her mother sentenced in body brokering case
Funeral home directors Megan Hess and her mother, Shirley Koch, were both sentenced on Jan. 3, 2023 after the pair pleaded guilty to mail fraud back in November, according to a CBS report.
Megan Hess: second motion to delay sentence hearing in funeral home fraud case denied
For a second time, Megan Hess’ defense team saw their motion to delay their client’s sentence hearing denied, the Montrose Daily Press reports. Hess, the 45-year-old former funeral home owner charged with mail fraud, stands accused alongside her mother, 68-year-old Shirley Koch, of selling body parts or entire bodies without consent of the families, and replacing the cremated remains with those of other deceased people or random debris, according to the 2020 indictment.
Funeral home operator's mother pleads guilty to brokering body parts and mail fraud
After her daughter pleaded guilty last week to mail fraud, 69-year-old Shirley Koch did the same in court on Tuesday, according to a Daily Sentinel report. Shirley Koch, left, and her attorneyChristopher Tomlinson, The Daily Sentinel.