Former Richmond County coroner, imprisoned for stealing from dead, moved to halfway house

The former Richmond County Coroner imprisoned for stealing from the dead has been released to a Residential Reentry Management site in Atlanta.

 

Grover Tuten was imprisoned on Oct. 15, 2015. The now 74-year-old career law man and coroner was sentenced to three years by U.S. District Court Chief Judge J. Randal Hall. The judge made a rare decision in Tuten’s case, sentencing him to an imprisonment term above the federal sentencing guideline range for the unauthorized use of an access device.

According to the Federal Bureau of Prison’s website, Tuten will be released from the halfway house May 18. Once he is released he will have an additional three years to serve on supervised release. Terms of his sentence included paying $9,800 in restitution and paying a $4,000 fine.

Tuten worked in the coroner’s office for 26 years and was the elected coroner from 2004 until he resigned in February 2014 when he was accused of stealing from the dead and charging family members for services that were provided free by the county.

The federal indictment against Tuten accused him of using a dead man’s ATM card in 2012. According to a prior report in The Augusta Chronicle, FBI Special Agent Charles McKee found Tuten had made 33 cash withdrawals from the man’s account.

Reach Sandy Hodson at (706) 823-3226 or sandy.hodson@augustachroncile.com.

 

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