ROCKINGHAM — A local funeral home owner is facing numerous criminal charges, including an out-of-state probation violation, and spent his birthday behind bars.
David Harrington, owner of Legacy Funeral Home and Cremation Services, was arrested by Rockingham police July 21 — the day before his 43rd birthday — on a felony charge of obtaining property by false pretenses.
According to an arrest warrant, Harrington was paid $23,866.35 by Beta Capital Corp. on a life insurance policy for Alice Leviner Bryant on Feb. 5, three days after the $5,000 bill for her funeral service had been paid in full. That money was deposited into the funeral home’s bank account and never given to the beneficiary.
Police say they also discovered Harrington was wanted on a fugitive warrant out of Lexington, Kentucky on a probation violation for failure to pay child support.
The warrant, issued Sept. 3, 2014, has him listed as David B. Maultsby, which police say is his legal name, and gives an address in Cordelle, Georgia.
Harrington was served a criminal summons earlier this year for a misdemeanor charge of writing a worthless check. According to the summons, he wrote a check for $705. to Casket Sales Inc. in Spindale without sufficient funds to pay it.
Records with the with the N.C. Board of Funeral Service show no licensing information for Harrington.
Board records show the registered manager as Christian Derek Cox. Records with the N.C. Secretary of State show the registered agent as Dana N. Goodwin.
The day after his arrest, Harrington was served with a warrant on a misdemeanor charge of communicating threats.
The warrant states that he told the victim on May 2 that he would “have his sisters beat her up and then stated ‘I’ll slap the sh-t out of you b—ch.’”
Harrington is in the Richmond County jail under a $75,000 secured bond.
North Carolina court records show Harrington is also facing two worthless check charges in Scotland County.
He has court dates scheduled for Aug. 4, 9, 11 and 31.
Kentucky records show records show he was indicted on a charge of flagrant non support and first-degree bail jumping.
All defendants facing criminal charges are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty in court.
Reach William R. Toler at 910-817-2675 and follow him on Twitter @William_r_toler.