A funeral director in Garyville, in St. John the Baptist Parish, who was accused of embezzlement by her brother, the owner of the funeral home where she worked, has been ordered to reimburse the business.

Carmen Baloney was ordered by a state district court to pay $500,000 to the Baloney Funeral Home of LaPlace after embezzling more than that amount, according to a release issued by the funeral home.

“Carmen would take insurance checks to pay for funerals and cash them at a local grocery store,” said Carl Baloney Sr., owner of the business. “The Baloney Funeral Home honored all of the pre-paid funerals where money was embezzled.”

After being confronted with evidence of her crime, Carmen Baloney signed an agreement to repay the money that she took from the company, but she did not make any payments. Her brother then sued her to recover the money that she promised to repay.

Carl Baloney said he did not press criminal charges because he did not want his sister to go to jail. He added that it has been a "very sad time" for him and his family.

“She stole from me, but she also stole from our customers," he said.

The judgment against Carmen Baloney was entered Dec. 2 in 40th Judicial District Court.