Southern Illinois Funeral Director Donald Keith York Jailed On Theft Charge

Donald Keith York

Fairfield, Illinois

Wayne City, Ill., funeral director Donald Keith York was arrested Wednesday night on theft charges.

Last week, a Wayne County Grand Jury indicted York on a felony charge of theft. York, 48, was arrested in Hamilton County late Wednesday night and transported to the Wayne County Jail.

York is accused of selling an elderly Wayne County woman a pre-paid funeral service, then failed to put the money in a trust as required by state law. The amount allegedly stolen was approximately $7,000 authorities said.

York lost his funeral director’s license in September when the Illinois Department of Professional Registration revoked his license for multiple infractions, including “unprofessional conduct, violation of regulations, incompetence and untrustworthiness in funeral practice, advertising in a false or misleading manor and a criminal conviction”. At the time his license was revoked, York had been operating York Funeral Home in Wayne City. The business is now closed.

Keith York remains in the Wayne County jail. His bond has been set at $75,000.

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