A funeral director already facing more than 200 charges for bilking clients has now been charged with keeping a body at his funeral home and filing false reports claiming that the body was buried.
Michael S. Tomaszewski, 48, was charged Wednesday with violating public health law and felony first-degree offering a false instrument for filing, Genesee County sheriff’s investigators said.
The charges accuse Tomaszewski of storing the body in a garage at Michael S. Tomaszewski Funeral Home & Cremation Chapel from April 2018 to January 2019, without burying or incinerating the body.
Tomaszewski filed a death certificate, claiming that the body had been buried at a specific cemetery and on a certain date.
The investigation began when the deceased’s relatives filed a complaint with the sheriff’s.
The person has since received a proper burial, investigators said.
Tomaszewski now faces a total of 218 charges since he was first arrested on July 23 and charged with 201 counts.
The investigation revealed Tomaszewski bilked 15 customers out of more than $500,000 by failing to provide services he was paid for and failing to deposit money in client’s account as required by law for prepaid funeral services.
In all, 115 victims have been identified.
Tomaszewski owned the funeral home on West Main Street Road since 2006.
He voluntarily surrendered his funeral director’s license after his arrest and the business is now for sale.
Investigators said the thefts started three years after Tomaszewski opened and continued until his arrest.
In addition to the latest charges, Tomaszewski has been charged with 68 counts of third-degree grand larceny, 30 counts of fourth-degree grand larceny, six counts of petit larceny, 95 counts of violating state business law by failing to deposit money into counts, two counts of scheme to defraud, five counts of falsifying business records and 10 counts of offering a false instrument for filing.
The investigation is continuing.