A New Haven funeral home director is scheduled to appear in 42-2 District Court Thursday in New Baltimore for alleged contract fraud.
John Norman Olszewski, 57, owner of the Duncan-Olszewski Funeral Home in New Haven, was arraigned Dec. 28 on three counts of funeral contract fraud, according to a Thursday report in The Macomb Daily.
New Haven police told the newspaper Olszewski failed to set up escrow funds for pre-paid funerals and sold pre-paid funeral contracts without a valid license. The state has revoked Olszewski and the funeral home's mortuary science license and ordered him to pay thousands of dollars in restitution, the paper reported.
New Baltimore city officials said the New Haven funeral director formerly operated the now-defunct Christie-Olszewski Funeral Home on Main and Maria streets. The city became the owner of the building after Christie-Olszewski defaulted on taxes. Since then, a different funeral home business has expressed interest in tearing down the vacant, historic structure and rebuilding on the property.
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