WARREN Domestic-related charges against former Girard funeral director Patrick McClurkin were dismissed Thursday and he was released from custody, according to McClurkin's attorney.
McClurkin, 47, one of three former funeral directors indicted last week in schemes to bilk customers out of money for pre-need funeral arrangements, waived extradition Monday on charges of felony larceny and misdemeanor vandalism filed last summer by his ex-wife in Georgetown County, S.C. He was taken to jail at the time.
''The charges have been dismissed down there and Mr. McClurkin is no longer in the jail,'' said attorney Jeff Goodman. ''There's no need for him to go down there now.''
A complaint with authorities in South Carolina said McClurkin took more than $2,000 of his former wife's jewelry and scratched obscene words on her car.
McClurkin had posted bond after pleading not guilty a week ago to charges of corruption, theft, grand theft, theft from an elderly person and six counts of violating laws relating to the prepaid funeral arrangements. The charges carry the potential of 20 years in prison. He was arrested again for the Monday court appearance, which has been cleared up.
He and his brother, Robert J. McClurkin, also of Girard, were indicted after investigators determined that the two, former operators of the McClurkin Funeral Home, stole more than $400,000 from 50 or more customers.
The thefts were related to pre-paid funeral services for which the McClurkins were required to set the money aside but instead used for other things, authorities said.