Police: Grave digger stole money for plots

By Jim Piggott - Reporter

JACKSONVILLE BEACH, Fla. - A Jacksonville Beach city employee is accused of stealing money paid to the city to bury people in a city cemetery.

Linzy Lane is charged with grand theft and fraud.

Police said all of the burials did take place and were of cremation remains. They said Lane was the only employee working at the cemetery and would dig the plot for the burial. But police said instead of turning the money over to the city, he would keep it.

Police said they believe they caught this early and could only find records of four cases this year where burial money was not turned over to the city.

They said local funeral homes notified them that they were writing checks directly to Lane, $350 for each plot dug for urn burial.

Police said Lane would do the work on weekends and dig the plots, but never turned over the money to the city, which was a total of about $1,400.

Police reports indicate officers went to Lane's home in Jacksonville Beach, arrested him and searched his house.

Lane is being held in the Duval County jail. A relative at his home Wednesday said Lane did nothing wrong and said the charges will be dropped. So far they have not been.

The cemetery is run by the city's parks department, and the city said it has no comment and can't say anything about the money and if people were out any cash.

Lane's attorney said his client has entered a not guilty plea and hopes there will be a settlement soon. A court date is set for next month.

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