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Cassity, Others Get Prison in Prearranged Funeral Scam

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ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOX) - They ran a Clayton-based prearranged funeral firm that bilked customers and investors out of $435 million. Now they’re going to prison.

Six people who worked for National Prearranged Services, Inc. (NPS) were sentenced Thursday in St. Louis Federal Court.

NPS owner Doug Cassity wore a dark suit and an expressionless face as the judge sentenced him to nine years and seven months in prison. His son, Brent Cassity, received five years.

U.S. Attorney Richard Callahan said Cassity and his company were skimming money off the top of prearranged funerals.

Among the others sentenced, company CEO Randy Sutton got seven years, and Investment Advisor David Wulf drew the stiffest sentence at ten years. Sharon Province, another company official, was sentenced to 18 months in prison.

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