A funeral home owner who had his business license suspended has returned to the job as an employee.
Timothy Hodges owned and ran Hodges Funeral Home, but now his wife is the registered owner of the renamed Elkin Funeral Service, in North Carolina.
According to the Winston-Salem Journal, the N.C. Board of Funeral Service has allowed Mr. Hodges to return to his job, but he is no longer allowed to prepare bodies for funerals or negotiate contracts with families.
In 2009 it was discovered that Hodges and a business partner had failed to make deposits in excess of $114,000 from contracts and insurance policies.
The board ruled that Mr. Hodges and funeral director Keith Greene had “engaged in conduct that constitutes fraud in the practice of pre-need funeral planning and in the practice of funeral service,” leading to the revocation of the funeral-service license and pre-need sales license.
On his return, Mr. Hodges told the news provider: “I’m very appreciative and glad to have this opportunity. I am grateful to serve my community.”