Monroe police have charged a couple with taking $64,000 for grave headstones they never delivered, leaving 34 victims.
Tunis and Georganne Selby were charged with felony conversion and obtaining property by false pretense, WBTV reports. They were each being held under $50,000 bond.
Dozens of customers had complained about paying a company called Memorial Design Concepts, run by Tunis Selby, for headstones they never received, the Observer reported in February.
The new manager of Monroe Monuments, the space Selby leased last year, said at the time that about 60 orders were outstanding. Manager Darwin Collins said Selby had done business both as Memorial Design Concepts, which listed a Matthews address, and Monroe Monuments.
WJZY reported that one woman paid Selby $10,000 for a monument that was never delivered. The monument was later found in a warehouse and was to be delivered, the news station said, reporting that other customers have similar complaints.
Steve Bridle, a monument supplier in Statesville who owns the Monroe Monuments site, told the Observer he leased space to Tunis Selby in early 2017. Bridle said he told Selby in January that he wouldn’t renew the lease after hearing complaints from other suppliers who hadn’t been paid for their stones. Selby pulled out the next day, Bridle said.
Bridle said in February that his own supply business was still owed $15,000 and he estimated that about 60 monument orders are in limbo.
"Come to find out he’s owing everybody money," Bridle said.