Indiana and Funeral home and cemetery scam yielded 24 million Dollars.
An Indiana Cemetery owner is to plead guilty to Fraud on Monday. His Cemetery and funeral scam covered six states: Hawaii, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Iowa and Tennessee. Only Indiana and Tennessee have prosecuted Mr.Nelms in his preneed trust fund schemes.
In the Indiana Scheme Nelms and his wife siphoned away 24 million. His wife agreed to testify against him in return for immunity from prosecution.
From the Indianapolis Business Journal:
“The couple bought the Indianapolis-based cemetery and funeral home business for $27 million in December 2004.
Within days, the couple allegedly drained all $24 million from their newly acquired company’s trust fund, which was supposed to be used to maintain grave sites in numerous cemeteries.”
One property involved is Forest Lawns Memory Gardens, cemetery and funeral home in Greenwood, Indiana. The company involved Memory Gardens Management Corp.
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Indiana map Pic from Wikipedia
AS A CONSUMER AT A FUNERAL HOME OR CEMETERY YOU SHOULD ALWAYS BE SURE WHO YOU ARE DEALING WITH.
Perpetua Inc has two property crime scenes, Burr Oak Cemetery, Illinois and Wade Funeral Home in Missouri
The owners of the Burr Oak Cemetery have another scandal on their hands. This one occurred in Missouri at the Wade Funeral home near St. Louis Missouri. Perpetua, Inc owns that property. They also own Burr Oak Cemetery.
Ironically while Burr Oak Cemetery is closed as a crime scene. The lady responsible for the theft of $200,000 in preneed funds at Wade FH, Deborah Kellom, will be sentenced on July 24th 2009. The Burr oak cemetery a Perpetua property will still be a crime scene during her sentencing.
St.Louis From KMOV
“St. Louis, MO: Debora Kellom pleaded guilty to mail fraud involving her embezzlement of more than $200,000 from Wade Funeral Home, Acting United States Attorney Michael W. Reap announced today…..Kellom knew that the Pulaski account was a local account, and not routinely scrutinized by Perpetua management in Arizona.
It is more than obvious that Perpetua is more than negligent in managing it’s personel and it’s properties. How many times will this Arizona Company be allowed to repeat it’s attrocities?
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