Former Funeral Director charged with Defrauding-YourFuneralGuy

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A former Funeral Director in Michigan has been charged with defrauding Customers. In this case The director not only hurt the families that bought preneed or prepaid policies he also hurt the former business owner of the Funeral Home.

This serves as a warning to those who want to exit the funeral industry and the need to check out who and how they dispose of their business.

Mr. Prochnow had purchased the business portion of the Bennett Funeral Home on S. Dixie Hwy. just south of Albain Rd. in 2006 from Darrell Bennett, who retired with his wife to Florida after selling the business.
But Mr. Bennett, now 78 years old, said monthly payments were not paid and he discovered other payments for services were ignored. Over the past several years, he said he personally lost a total of about $325,000 to bad business. When he returned from Florida this summer to take over operations, the company was in shambles.
Mr. Bennett said the building was not properly cared for — there wasn’t hot water — and the vehicles, including the hearse and limousine, were being repossessed though he had paid them off 10 to 15 years ago.
“I can never imagine anything of this magnitude ever happening,” Mr. Bennett said. “It’s put me in the biggest hole I’ve ever been in my lifetime.”
In addition to accusations of stealing money from Mr. Bennett, Mr. Prochnow has been charged with accepting prepaid funeral payments and using the money for his own benefit.

via www.monroenews.com

This shows that just taking a bank note may not be the best strategy, may not be the best strategy in exiting the funeral business- in an age of Funeral industry decline, when profits are down and cremation is on the rise.

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This article presents one more reason as to why one should not purchase funeral preneed or aprepaid funeral.

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3 Responses to “Former Funeral Director charged with Defrauding-YourFuneralGuy”

  1. Bea K. May 9, 2011 at 12:25 pm #

    Is there any reason the ‘former’ owner wasn’t keeping tabs on the new owner, or didn’t do some kind of ‘background check’, so that perhaps something like this couldn’t happen? Not only was he messed up but those who’d already prepaid, ended up being the biggest losers here, especially in light of this economy. America going to hell in a hand basket.

  2. fleming121 April 19, 2012 at 5:52 am #

    It is done absolutely correct……..

  3. I would be nice to think that all people have a fair amount decency, but that’s not always the case. Unfortunately people need to do their due diligence due to the dishonesty right around the corner.

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