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More charges filed in cemetery investigation

LANSING, Mich. (AP) - More charges have been filed in the cemetery investigation involving Clayton Smart, accused of embezzling millions from his funeral home businesses in Memphis and Michigan.

An associate of the oil speculator turned himself in today to face charges that he aided and abetted the embezzlement of up to 70 million dollars from cemetery trust funds in Michigan.

Attorney General Mike Cox announced the arrest of 67-year-old Carter Green of Henderson, Nevada. Cox's office also has charged Smart with 39 felony counts of racketeering, embezzlement and misuse of cemetery funds.

Smart, also 67, faces similar charges in Tennessee. Cemetery trust funds are used to pay for customers' future funerals and for future care of burial plots and other upkeep.

Cox is calling on the Legislature to strengthen the oversight and regulation of cemetery operations and sales.

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