Former North Olmsted funeral home director pleads not guilty to taking money from pre-paid funeral plans

Kacirek

Former North Olmsted funeral home director Mark Kacirek pleaded not guilty in Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court to charges of taking more than $111,500 over nearly six years from customers who had prepaid for funerals.

The 68-year-old former owner of Kacirek Funeral Homes entered his plea Sept. 4 before Common Pleas Judge Dick Ambrose. Kacirek also posted a $2,500 bond on charges of theft and receiving stolen property. A condition of the bond was that Kacirek have no contact with any of his alleged victims. A pretrial hearing was scheduled for Sept. 10.

Kacirek is accused of taking the money from accounts between 2014 and this summer. The amounts taken varied, police said. Some victims who discovered their money was not in their prepaid accounts contacted police three years ago, prompting the investigation.

Since Kacirek was indicted by a Cuyahoga County grand jury Aug. 20, other victims have come forward, said North Olmsted Detective Sgt. Dan Barrett.

“We’ve gotten information from another victim and found that Kacirek took $11,500 from that person’s account,” Barrett said. “We got all that information and forwarded it to the prosecutor’s office. That pushed the amount to $111,500 that we’ve got the information for. Another man contacted us and said he wanted to come in and he hasn’t come in yet, so that can push it up more.”

Barrett said it’s likely there are other victims.

“Someone could check the prepaid account in a couple of years and find the money is gone,” Barrett said. “We could be seeing the effects of this for several years.”

People are unlikely to get their money back, Barrett said. Police haven’t established why Kacirek took the money. Other employees at the funeral home weren’t involved, he said.

If convicted, Kacirek could get up to 18 months in prison.

His attorney, Daniel J. Misiewicz, did not respond to a request for comment.

Contact this reporter at assoceditor@westlifenews.com or 440-871-5797.

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