The former president of the Staffordville Cemetery Association is accused of stealing $26,000 and overcharged grieving families for cemetery plots to feed a cocaine habit.
Mitchell Muzio, 49, is charged with first-degree larceny.
He has pleaded not guilty and the Hartford Courant reports that he has not yet hired a lawyer.
The Courant reports that he did not respond to requests for comment.
Authorities said Muzio resigned and returned bank records to the association when confronted about the alleged theft. He wrote to association members, apologized for taking the money, promised to repay it and said he could not afford to go to jail.
Police said he told a state trooper he believed some of the money he allegedly took fed a cocaine addiction.