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GIBSON CITY — Prosecutors say a Gibson City funeral director stole from a former employer she was with for 28 years.

Michelle Rosenbaum, 51, of Gibson City was charged with theft, a total value in excess of $10,000, linked to alleged incidents while she was employed with Lamb-Young Funeral Home in Gibson City. She is due in court for a first appearance on the Class 2 felony Oct. 23. If convicted, she would face a sentence ranging from four years of probation to seven years in prison and as much as a $25,000 fine.

“It’s tough because she was like a sister to me,” said Eric Young, manager at Lamb-Young Funeral Home. “Twenty-eight years is a long time to work together in a small funeral home.”

Rosenbaum now owns and operates Rosenbaum Funeral Home in Gibson City, which she opened about a year ago. She left Lamb Funeral Home in June 2018 and did not return phone calls left at her business Thursday.

“After she left, I discovered some things while going through the billing,” Young said. “After that, I did more investigation and was really disappointed.”

Young said that his investigation – and information he turned over to prosecutors – indicates that more than $10,000 from the company’s credit card was used to pay for personal items for Rosenbaum. Another estimated $40,000 was used from the funeral home’s business account to pay her personal credit card bills.

The charges, filed in Ford County last month, allege Rosenbaum committed theft "in a series of acts performed at different times."

Rosenbaum, who at one time served on the Gibson City council, is licensed with the Illinois Department of Financial & Professional Regulation as a funeral director and embalmer. The records indicate she was originally licensed in 1991 and has never been disciplined.

 

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Contact Kevin Barlow at (309) 820-3238. Follow him on Twitter: @pg_barlow