Posted: Wednesday, February 25, 2015 2:00 pm
By Quintin Ellison
State regulators have suspended a Sylva funeral service director’s license following his guilty pleas last fall on charges of swindling 31 mourning family members out of their money after promising them grave markers and other services he didn’t deliver
Reg Moody Jr., former owner of Moody Funeral Home, can’t get his license back until at least May 16, 2017, according to the N.C. Board of Funeral Services, which called Moody’s actions crimes of “moral turpitude” in a Feb. 11 order. Moody Jr. consented to the regulatory board’s findings and punishment.
The 51-year-old pleaded guilty Nov. 10 to two felony counts of obtain property by false pretense and 27 misdemeanor counts of obtain advances under a promise to work. He paid $47,593.77 in restitution, and Superior Court Judge Martin McGee also fined him $500; sentenced him to 50 hours of community service; 12 to 16 months in prison, suspended; and 30 months supervised probation.
Moody Jr. gained control of his family’s three-generation, eight-decade-old business in 2004. His great-grandfather, P.E. Moody, opened the funeral home in 1935 on Main Street in downtown Sylva. His father, Reg Moody Sr., bought the business in 1964. For many years the funeral home also operated a county ambulance service.