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Funeral director can withdraw plea

(NEWSCHANNEL 3) - A former mid-Michigan funeral director charged with embezzling nearly $500,000 will be allowed to withdraw his pleas in the case.

Marti Schrauben is accused of embezzling from the Schrauben-Lehman Funeral Home by creating false death certificates and sending them to insurance companies in order to receive payment.

He pleaded guilty in March to one felony count and no contest to four others under a deal with the state Attorney General's office, which also would cap any jail sentence at one year.