NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (AP) - The former owner of a Massachusetts funeral home has been indicted on charges of improperly caring for dead bodies and embezzling more than $375,000 from clients.

NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (AP) The former owner of a Massachusetts funeral home has been indicted on charges of improperly caring for dead bodies and embezzling more than $375,000 from clients.

William Ryder, of South Hadley, is scheduled to be arraigned Wednesday.

Prosecutors allege the 54-year-old Ryder embezzled the money between 2001 and 2014 from 70 clients who thought they had purchased "pre-need" funeral arrangements, when in fact Ryder funneled the money into his own business account.

He's also charged with failing to properly care for five bodies, including lack of embalming and improper storage.

Ryder's lawyer, Paul Boudreau, said the indictment did not come as a surprise and his client has been dealing with health issues. He says customers who allege embezzlement will be reimbursed.

Ryder's funeral home was closed, but reopened under new ownership. Ryder also faces several lawsuits.