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Melrose Man Accused In Cemetery Burial Plot Scheme


WE HAVE A LINK AFTER WWW.CBSBOSTON.COM. AND YOU CAN TAKE A CHECK TO CAMBRIDGE CITY HALL. DISTURBING CHARGES AGAINST THE MAN IN CHARGE OF A CITY CEMETERY. HE’S ACCUSED OF SELLING BURIAL PLOTS THAT SHOULDN’T HAVE BEEN FOR SALE. Reporter: AS YOU MIGHT EXPECT THE CASE HAS TOUCHED A NERVE. THE MAYOR OF MELROSE IS SHOCKED AND SADDENED. THIS SUSPECT HAS BETRAYED THE TRUST OF THE CITIZENS. HE’S CHARGED WITH TAKING ADVANTAGE OF GRIEVING VICTIMS, VICTIMS THE POLICE CHIEF SAYS WERE VULNERABLE DURING A SENSITIVE TIME. THE ADMINISTRATOR IS CHARGED OF MULTIPLE COUNTS OF LARCENY. JOHN HUGHES IS CHARGED IN CONNECTION WITH AN ALLEGED SCHEME TO SELL UNUSED BURIAL PLOTS TO UNSUSPECTING BUYERS. BEGINNING IN 2011, HUGHES TOLD PEOPLE LOOKING TO BUY BURIAL PLOTS THAT THEY COULD PURCHASE PREVIOUSLY SOLD LOTS AFTER DISCOUNTED RATES. HE SET UP FAKE SELLERS WHO WOULD BE PAID FOR THOSE LOOKING FOR THE PLOTS. AUTHORITIES SAY HE SOLD 13 BURIAL PLOTS, DIVERTING FUNDS FROM THE CITY OF MELROSE AND NETTING ABOUT $75,000. HE APPEARED IN THE COURT AND WAS RELEASED ON PERSONAL RECOGNIZANCE. AND HE IS NOT THE CURRENT ADMINISTRATOR.

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