Trial set in Delaware County cemetery theft case


A May trial has been set for a Ravenna, Ohio, man charged with engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity and theft for alleging taking money from Delaware County Residents for services and grave markers at a Lewis Center Cemetery.

Theodore Lloyd Martin, 53, entered a not guilty plea to one count of engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity, a second-degree felony and 51 counts of theft, 27 fourth-degree felonies, 21 fifth-degree felonies and three first-degree misdemeanors.

Assistant Delaware County Prosecutor Mark Sleeper said that Martin and his wife Arminda are the owners of Fairview Memorial Park in Lewis Center and accepted money for services and grave markers that were never delivered. Sleeper said in some cases the orders for the markers were placed with the manufacturer but were never paid for; in other cases the orders were just never placed.

Sleeper said the Martins had no intention to follow through with the orders when they were placed. Sleeper said in one instance, Theodore took $3,400 for a grave marker and deposited it in the cemetery’s bank account then withdrew more than $2400 of it at a casino in Pennsylvania.

Sleeper said Theodore has lost more than $1 million at that casino in the last few years.

Delaware County Common Pleas Judge Everett Krueger accepted his not-guilty pleas and scheduled a trial for May 30 and set a status conference for April 24 at 4 p.m.

Arminda was also indicted with Theodore on Feb. 24 and was charged with one count of engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity, a second-degree felony; and 37 counts of theft, 17 fourth-degree felonies, 17 fifth-degree felonies, and three first-degree misdemeanors.

Arminda is currently in prison in West Virginia and she and Theodore were sentenced to one year in prison for tax evasion. But the judge allowed them to serve the sentences one at a time so someone could be out of prison running the three cemeteries they own in Delaware County, Portage County and in Pennsylvania.

Krueger set Theodore’s bond at $30,000 at the arraignment Wednesday afternoon. Theodore was in the Delaware County Jail Wednesday.

Krueger said that Theodore faces between two to eight years in prison for the second-degree felony; between six to 18 months in prison for the fourth-degree felonies and between six and 12 months in prison for the fifth-degree felonies.

An arraignment for Arminda has not yet been set in Delaware County Common Pleas Court.

Theodore Martin Martin

By Glenn Battishill

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

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