By Patrick Yost
A former Madison funeral home director pled guilty to one count forgery in the first degree and one count insurance fraud in Morgan County Superior Court.
Robert Thomas Ross, 37, Madison was sentenced to 15 years with two years to serve and the remainder to be served on probation. He was also ordered to pay a victim restitution in the case.
According to court documents, Ross was indicted by a Morgan County Grand Jury on July 13 of forgery in the first degree and insurance fraud.
The grand jury charged Ross, who was an employee at Sunset Funeral Home, a now-defunct business, forged a signature on a power of attorney document to commit insurance fraud. The indictment charges that Ross, on September 20, 2015, attempted to collect $16,399.78 from the Southern Farm Bureau Life Insurance Company for services rendered after he forged a customer’s name on a power of attorney document.
Ross has also been ordered by the court to pay restitution to the victim.
In October, 2015, Ross was remanded to custody by Morgan County Magistrate Judge Connie Holt after he appeared in Morgan County Magistrate Court to face a hearing regarding theft by conversion charges against a woman who had hired Ross to conduct and complete a funeral service for her husband. At issue in that case was a lack of a headstone after the woman had provided the money to Ross to purchase the headstone.