March 14, 2014
More than a dozen families who thought they prepaid for funeral services learned this week that the money and the former owner of Duffield Funeral Home are missing.
An investigation by the Virginia State Police, Scott County's commonwealth's attorney and the Department of Health Professionals has been ongoing for about six months.
Anthoney Carson Robbins was indicted on 51 counts of fraud and obtaining money by false pretenses. Neighbors say he hasn't been around for months and a local news station found a For Sale sign in his yard.
Investigators say Duffield Funeral Home abruptly ceased operations last year. They say their job is not done because more people may be involved. The indictment paperwork is still being processed. It is expected to be returned by State Police by the end of this week.
The commonwealth's attorney is asking anyone who purchased a prepaid funeral or similar service from the funeral home to contact them or the Virginia State Police.