A Batavia funeral director accused of bilking customers out of more than $500,000 now faces 15 more charges as a Genesee County sheriff’s investigation continues.
Michael S. Tomaszewski, 48, of Edgewood Drive was charged Thursday with seven counts of third-degree grand larceny, fourth-degree grand larceny, three counts of petit larceny and four counts of failing to deposit money into accounts.
The charges came after more allegations arose after Tomaszewski was first arrested in July. He allegedly took money for pre-paid funerals and grave markers.
Investigators said 11 more victims came forward following Tomaszewski’s arrest on July 23.
At that time, Tomaszewski was charged with stealing $525,000 from a total of 100 clients who filed complaints.
He was hit with 201 charges, including 61 counts of third-degree grand larceny, 29 counts of fourth-degree grand larceny, three counts of petit larceny, two counts of scheme to defraud, five counts of falsifying business records, 10 counts of offering a false instrument for filing and 91 counts of violating state business law.
The case against Tomaszewski is likely the largest such case ever in Genesee County, in terms of the number of victims, with a total of 115 so far.
He has owned Michael S. Tomaszewski Funeral & Cremation Chapel on West Main Street Road since 2006 and investigators believed the thefts started in early 2009 and continued until his arrest.