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Funeral home operator accused of grand larceny, holding body for two years before burial

Investigators with the Genesee County Sheriff’s Office say the 49-year-old who was accused of mishandling human remains at a Batavia funeral home is facing new charges.

Last year, Michael Tomaszewski, 49, was ticketed for not handling a human body properly. Now, he’s facing a new public health violation for failing to bury a body in a reasonable time period.

Investigators allege that a person who died in September 2019 was still in the hands of Tomaszewski’s funeral home as of March 16, 2021.


The remains were buried at some point last month.

Among the charges that were originally brought against him were the dozens of counts of grand larceny for how money was handled within the business.

Several victims have come forward to date. And this doesn’t appear to be a new problem at the funeral home. In addition to the most-recent example, Tomaszewski is accused of holding a body for 264 days between 2018 and 2019.



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