Funeral services president indicted -

Funeral services president indicted

ST. LOUIS (AP) -- The president of a prearranged funeral service business has been indicted for allegedly participating in a multi-million dollar fraud scheme.

Sharon Province of Ballwin was indicted Thursday in federal court in St. Louis on five counts of mail fraud.

She served as a president of National Prearranged Services. Clients bought funeral services from the company or from funeral homes, who had purchased the services from NPS. Prosecutors said the business would then buy life insurance policies to fund funerals when those customers died.

The indictment alleges 65-year-old Province defrauded customers, state guaranty funds and funeral homes from 1998 to 2008. She did not have a listed number or a lawyer listed in electronic court records.

The business' CFO, Randall Sutton, was indicted in August on mail fraud, wire fraud and money laundering charges.

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