(12-13-21) Shawnte Hardin (41) who was accused of operating an illegal funeral business in October was indicted on seven more charges by a grand jury in Lucas County last week.
A grand jury indicted Hardin on seven charges:
- Three counts of representing as a funeral director while unlicensed
- One count of abuse of a corpse
- One count of intimidation of a crime victim or witness
- One count of theft
- One count of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle
Hardin pleaded not guilty to the charges, was given bond and put on house arrest, provided that he wear a monitoring device.
Hardin was also ordered to not accept money from families or engage in funeral-related activities, which includes the transportation of bodies.
Hardin has operated several businesses in Lucas, Cuyahoga, Summit and Franklin counties since 2019, including Hussain Funeral Directors, Celebration of Life Memorial Chapels, Hardin Funeral Home, Inc., American Mortuary Services and Transportation, and Shawnte Davon Hardin Services, LLC.
Hardin’s next hearing is scheduled for Jan. 19, 2022.
In October, Hardin was indicted on 37 charges,:
- One count of engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity, a first-degree felony.
- Three counts of tampering with records, third-degree felonies.
- One count of theft, a fourth-degree felony.
- Eight counts of abuse of a corpse, all fifth-degree felonies.
- Five counts of failure to file taxes, all fifth-degree felonies.
- Five counts of passing bad checks, all fifth-degree felonies.
- Two counts of identity fraud, both fifth-degree felonies.
- Two counts of telecommunications fraud, both fifth-degree felonies.
- Six counts of representation as a funeral director while unlicensed, two unclassified felonies and four unclassified misdemeanors.
- Single counts of fifth-degree felony criminal tools and unauthorized use of a vehicle.
- One count of operating an unlicensed funeral home, an unclassified felony.
- One count of failure to refrigerate a human body, an unclassified misdemeanor.