Fairview cemetery trial delayed 2 weeks


By Glenn Battishill - gbattishill@delgazette.com



The trial for the owners of Fairview Memorial Park has been delayed by two weeks in Delaware County Common Pleas Court.

The owners of Fairview, Theodore and Arminda Martin, were originally scheduled to stand trial on Oct. 10 and face a charge of engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity and numerous theft charges.

However, the trial was delayed to Oct. 24 after a motion for a continuance was filed with the court by the Martins’ attorneys.

Prosecutors allege the Martins sold cemetery plots and other items to Delaware County individuals, but never followed through with delivery, and instead spent the money at a casino in Pennsylvania.

Arminda Martin is charged with one count of engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity, a first-degree felony, and 57 counts of theft, ranging from first-degree misdemeanors to third-degree felonies.

Theodore Martin faces one count of engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity, a first-degree felony, and 77 counts of theft, ranging from first-degree misdemeanors to third-degree felonies.

Prosecutors report the charges cover 67 victims.

Arminda and Theodore Martin are currently incarcerated in federal prisons in West Virginia and Pennsylvania, respectively, after being sentenced to prison in a federal tax evasion case.

In September, Delaware County Common Pleas Judge David Gormley issued a ruling and ordered that Fairview Memorial Park Incorporated, the business that owns the cemetery, be dissolved and ordered the cemetery to be sold.

Columbus attorney A.C. Strip was appointed as the receiver for the cemetery in May and reported that he is searching for someone to buy the cemetery.

The Martins are also facing civil litigation and criminal charges in Portage County, where they are accused of similar conduct at a cemetery they own in Ravenna, Ohio. A judge in Portage County has similarly appointed a local attorney to act as a receiver to care for and maintain the cemetery.

By Glenn Battishill

gbattishill@delgazette.com

Glenn Battishill can be reached at 740-413-0903 or on Twitter @BattishillDG.

Glenn Battishill can be reached at 740-413-0903 or on Twitter @BattishillDG.