Cemetery manager turned-fugitive added to Wheel of Justice

Sources say Nader Rayan went on vacation, skipped court appearance

By Jennifer Waugh - The Morning Show anchor, I-Team reporter

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - The former manager of an Atlantic Beach cemetery who failed to show up for his trial on grand theft charges in April has been added to the News4Jax Wheel of Justice.

Nader Rayan was named the featured suspect by Jacksonville Sheriff's Office spokesman Christian Hancock.

Rayan was arrested after a series of I-TEAM investigations revealed more than 70 complaints against him and his wife, who used to own Beaches Memorial Park and First Coast Funeral home in Atlantic Beach.

After Rayan, who goes by the name first name John, went on vacation with his wife and children for spring break instead of appearing for his trial, his $1 million bond was revoked and a warrant for his arrest was issued.

Rayan faces 16 charges, including 10 counts of grand theft and one count of schemes to defraud. 

Anyone who sees Nader “John” Rayan or knows where he might be hiding is urged to call Jacksonville police at 904-630-0500 or Crime Stoppers at 1-866-845-TIPS.  

Beaches Memorial Park and First Coast Funeral Home are now under new ownership.

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