APD vague on funeral home probe

ALBANY, Ga. -- One thing is clear -- there is an investigation into the financial dealings of the J.L. Litman Funeral Home by the Albany Police Department. And it's clear that no one has been charged with anything.

After that, the details get murky.

Police and deputies from the Dougherty County Sheriff's Office served warrants at John Litman's home and at his business on Clark Avenue late Monday night.

"The warrants were secured to collect records and any documentation pertaining to 'alleged' improper financial transactions that were conducted at his business," APD spokeswoman Phyllis Banks stated Wednesday.

No charges have been filed in the case, she said.

The investigation is nothing like a case in Florida years ago where bodies were not buried, Banks said. Neither is it about a former Litman employee arrested in February for writing bad checks against the Litman business name. Questions of what the investigation is about were left unanswered.

A phone call to Litman's business did not receive a return call. Calls to the District Attorney's office received no reply about the Litman case.

Although Banks stated that the Secretary of State's Office and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation were contacted to assist the investigation, neither organization has confirmed any involvement.

Typical of the response received was by the Secretary of State's Office spokesman Matt Carrothers: "In keeping with agency policy, our office cannot confirm, deny or comment on the presence of any investigation regarding professional license holders."