Phylis Sharp, 76, Phylis Blackwood, 59 and Susan Sherry, 46, gave bereaved relatives going to T & R O'Brien false invoices with inflated prices and kept the extra cash. All three were sacked by the company's owners, Dignity Funerals, after their scheme came to light, and the police were contacted.
The total amount defrauded was £4000 between April 2008 and March 2011 at the funeral parlours on Maryhill Road, Glasgow.
Blackwood, from Hamilton, South Lanarkshire, and Sherry, from Summerston, Glasgow pled guilty at Glasgow Sheriff Court to carrying out the fraud. Sharp, from Bearsden, admitted her part in the scheme that was to the lesser amount of £1000.
Passing sentence yesterday sheriff Lindsay Wood said the crime had brought shame on them. He said: "You have spoiled what was previously unblemished lives."
The sheriff added: "Phylis Blackwood, I think you carried more culpability as you were the office manager and in my view that makes it worse."
Blackwood and Sherry were given community service orders for 240 hours and 220 hours respectively and Sharp was ordered to carry out 200 hours. All three were given tagging orders for four months and must stay in their homes between 9pm and 6am.
The court was told relatives of the deceasedwere each over-charged by around £500 and the money was divided between the three women. It was said on behalf of the three women that they regretted their actions.
Management at the funeral parlour have since apologised to families and the cash has been refunded but they are out of pocket.A Dignity Funerals spokesman said: "We were shocked and dismayed to discover the criminal activities of three members of our staff. When this was brought to our attention by a concerned member of staff they were immediately suspended from their duties and dismissed following our disciplinary processes.
"It has been our priority to make personal contact with each of the families concerned, to apologise to them and provide a full refund. "