A mortician in South Dakota is currently on the run after being accused of fraud and committing felony crimes. Shawn Suderman, the owner of a funeral home, has allegedly been taking money from clients for pre-need funeral plans but failing to provide the promised services.
According to reports, Suderman has been under investigation since last year when an employee tipped off authorities about his unethical practices. It is believed that he has defrauded customers out of hundreds of thousands of dollars. In addition to not delivering on pre-need funeral plans, Suderman is accused of conducting unauthorized cremations and mixing ashes without consent.
Authorities have issued a warrant for Suderman's arrest, but he has managed to evade capture so far. It is unclear how he has been able to remain on the run for this long, but authorities are determined to bring him to justice.
This case has raised concerns about the lack of oversight and regulation in the funeral industry. Many people choose to make pre-need funeral arrangements to ensure that their wishes are followed and to lessen the burden for their loved ones. However, incidents like this highlight the importance of thoroughly researching funeral homes and their owners before making any arrangements.
In the meantime, authorities are urging anyone who has done business with Suderman or his funeral home to come forward with any information that may lead to his capture. The investigation is ongoing, and efforts are being made to return the stolen funds to the victims.