Montgomery County Common Pleas Court Judge Mary Wiseman, who was the original judge assigned to the felony case involving former funeral director Scherrie McLin, is expected to recuse herself from the case due to a conflict of interest.
Wiseman is removing herself from the case because she is associated with one of McLin’s relatives, according to an official with the Montgomery County Common Pleas Court. The official did not name the relative, but Wiseman knows McLin’s half-sister Rhine McLin, former Dayton Mayor.
Wiseman served on the Dayton City Commission during 1998 to 2002. Rhine McLin, who left the funeral business nearly a decade ago, was elected to the commission in 2002.
Wiseman’s possible recusal had not reached the office of Greg Brush, clerk of courts as of 11 a.m. today.
In the meantime, the nationwide arrest warrant for Scherrie McLin, who will turn 54 next month, is now with the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office.
Scherrie McLin, owner of McLin Funeral Home Inc., is wanted on 17 felony charges of grand theft, engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity, tampering with records, forgery, theft from an elderly or disabled adult, and for violating preneeds contracts.
Montgomery County Prosecutor Mathias Heck Jr. announced the indictment against Scherrie McLin on Tuesday.
The indictment was the result of the county prosecutor’s office investigation of $200,000 in missing prepaid funeral contract funds that the prosecutor’s office believes McLin used for her personal needs.
The investigation revealed 50 victims, including 12 who are deceased. Most of the victims were elderly or disabled. The investigation also revealed wrongdoing by McLin that dates back as far as 1993.
“I was happy to hear that McLin was going to be held accountable for her actions,” said Valita Jordan, who won a civil lawsuit judgment against McLin. Jordan filed after she said McLin mishandled her father’s 2010 funeral. “I had gotten discouraged because it seemed as though nothing was being done. Scherrie McLin has abused the trust of so many folks and also caused emotional pain to myself and others in the African American community.”
Scherrie McLin’s current whereabouts are unknown, but Heck said Tuesday that he was confident that law enforcement officials would find her.
Kelli Wynn - Dayton Daily News (MCT)
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