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Del. Board Temporarily Suspends License of Funeral Director Facing Criminal Charges

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DOVER, Del. (WBOC) - The state of Delaware has temporarily suspended the license of a Sussex County funeral director. The suspension comes amidst serious fraud allegations.

The Board of Funeral Services voted Tuesday at its meeting in Dover to approve the suspension for Deborah Harris-Nock.

Harris-Nock was arrested in October on three charges - criminal impersonation, second degree perjury and theft by false pretense. And the attorney general's office says those charges are all connected to her funeral home business.

The motion for emergency temporary suspension of Harris-Nock's funeral services license says she posed as the niece of a dead person she had been contracted to perform funeral services for. It goes on to say she used fake documents to get more than $9,000 from that person's estate.

The board decided the allegations, "present a clear and immediate danger to the health, safety and welfare of the public if the licensee is allowed to continue to practice."

"I would want to make sure that she is not doing that to any other families," he said. "They are at the lowest point in their lives. If you said, 'jump,' they would say, 'how high?' You have a lot of responsibility there."

Keith Parsell was shocked when he first heard the allegations. He owns funeral homes across Sussex County and is a board member.

"We just want everyone to understand there is a process," Parsell said. "There is a state board. There is a whole system that handles this situation."

Neither Harris-nock nor her attorney were at Tuesday's meeting. A call for comment was not returned.

However, a response to the emergency suspension motion says there was no emergency. It adds she does not admit to the allegations. And it questions if she actually presents a danger to the public.

There will be a full hearing for Harris-Nock scheduled within sixty days for the board to make a final decision on her license.

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