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Woman charged after failing to provide headstones purchased by customers

HOUSTON – When Houstonians lost a loved one and needed a headstone, many turned to The Cemetery Store, run by Sherry Sliva. But instead of headstones, many customers said they only got excuses.

Court documents detail a "scheme" that lasted at least five years, from 2011 to 2016. There were at least 30 victims, robbed of up to $100,000.

Nancy Silva's mother, Rosalia Linares, passed away in May 2013. Silva bought a headstone from The Cemetery Store for $3,800. Four years later, it had still not arrived.

She contacted KPRC in May 2017, and we reported her story.

Then, more victims came forward and the Harris County District Attorney's Office took the case.

On Dec. 12, Sliva was indicted on aggregate theft charges ($20,000 - $100,000).

The next day, police arrested her.

She bonded out of jail, and when KPRC contacted her, she didn't have much to say.

"Yes," she responded, when asked if there was more to the story. But she declined to share what that might be.

Sliva's next court date is Jan. 31.


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