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Former funeral home owner pleads guilty in pre-need arrangement fraud case

A former owner and funeral director of the Nyman Funeral Home pleaded guilty to charges on Monday related to the mishandling of pre-need funeral arrangement funds.

Lonnie Kent Nyman, 47, pleaded guilty in 1st District Court to three second-degree felonies: pattern of unlawful activity, unlawful dealing with property by a fiduciary and communications fraud. Two additional second-degree counts — theft by deception and financial exploitation of a vulnerable adult — were dismissed as part of a plea agreement.


A document filed with the court indicates Lonnie agreed to a potential restitution of over $525,000, joint and several, with co-defendant Kent Lloyd Nyman and a minimum amount of around $350,000. Defense attorney Cara Tangero told the court on Monday that Lonnie would pay $270,000 in restitution up front and make payments of $1,200 per month upon release from the Utah State Prison. Read the rest of the story on


This story is made possible thanks to a community reporting partnership between The Herald Journal and Utah Public Radio.