Man sentenced for Melrose cemetery plot scam

A Revere man pleaded guilty to larceny charges Thursday in Middlesex Superior Court for stealing nearly $75,000 from the unauthorized sale of burial plots at Wyoming Cemetery in Melrose, prosecutors said.

John Hughes, 71, was sentenced to two years probation, with the first 90 days to be served in home confinement, and must also pay $74,900 in restitution to the City of Melrose, according to the Middlesex District Attorney’s office.


Hughes was appointed administrator of the city-owned cemetery in 2007. In 2011, he started to sell unused plots, already purchased by other people, to unsuspecting buyers at a discounted rate, prosecutors said in a statement.

He diverted the funds from the city, netting himself nearly $75,000, according to the statement.

Hughes pleaded guilty to five counts of larceny over $250 and receiving outside compensation as a municipal employee, according to the statement.

Dylan McGuinness can be reached at Follow him on Twitter at @DylMcGuinness.
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