Family Plots funeral home owner does not have a license, has criminal history.

Family Plots funeral home owner does not have a license, has criminal history.
The owner of the funeral home featured in A&E’s Family Plots doesn’t have a license to run it, but he does have 20 years of legal problems.

Richard Sadler’s funeral directors license wasn’t renewed when it expired in January; he previously used his “license number in advertisements for that other business” and was “cited for unprofessional conduct because of his failure to cooperate with the investigation,” the North County Times reports. Sadler said, “I have no knowledge of any of that. I swear to God. Why didn’t they send me a letter about that?”

He does have knowledge of his past, though. The paper reports that Sadler “has been convicted of two felonies: grand theft in 1986 and embezzlement in 1995 that sent him to Pelican Bay State Prison with a sentence of 16 months.” Of those convictions, he says, “I had a lot of time to evaluate, you know, my life and what I did wrong and what I wanted it to be.” An A&E spokesperson said the network didn’t know about his past.

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