A receiver was appointed to care for Fairview Memorial Park at a hearing in Delaware County Common Pleas Court Friday afternoon.
A.C. Strip esquire, a Columbus-based attorney specializing in corporate insolvency, was appointed to care for Fairview Memorial Cemtery by Delaware County Common Pleas Judge David Gormley Friday at a hearing.
Strip was recommended by Assistant Prosecuting Attorney, Civil Division, Christopher Betts, who filed a civil suit earlier this month against Fairview Memorial Park LLC and its owners, Theodore and Arminda Martin, and asked Gormley to appoint someone to care for the cemetery.
During testimony at the hearing on Friday, Betts told Gormley that the Martins have a history of taking money for good or services at the cemetery but never following through with delivery. Betts then presented evidence that showed the Martins have spent millions of dollars at a casino in Pennsylvania and said the money spent at the casino had to have come from the cemetery because the couple has no other income.
The Martins were indicted by a Delaware County Grand Jury earlier this year and are charged with engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity and dozens of counts of theft.
Betts then asked Gormley to appoint a receiver for the Fairview to maintain the cemetery, which he said had fallen into disrepair until a “volunteer army” began mowing and cleaning it up.
“It’s a very critical and important matter,” Betts said.
Betts described the state of the cemetery as “a desperate situation” and recommend that Strip be appointed to care for it. Betts said he spoke to Strip prior to the hearing and reported…
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