National Funeral Directors Assoc.rescue for IL.Funeral Ponzi-YourFuneralGuy.

29 Apr
The NFDA appears to be coming to the need of the IFDA to get them out of Scandal

The NFDA appears to be coming to meet the need of the IFDA to get them out of Scandal

Last weekend it was revealed that the National Funeral Directors Association has come to the aid of the IL Funeral Directors Ponzi Scheme.

This comes as no surprise as the NFDA Executive Secretary Randall L Earl is a key player in the scam.This is a sad situation for the Funeral Industry when the “center for funeral integrity” comes to the aid of funeral wrong doers.

This gives more strength to the admonition to the  Funeral Consumer:

Check out your funeral director in every funeral you are involved with.

Everytime the executive director of the IFDA(Illinois Funeral Directors Association opens his mouth he reveals the continuing  scandal. From a Springfield, IL Newspaper Article over  the Weekend.

“For nearly 30 years, the Illinois Funeral Directors Association managed a funeral trust fund that swelled to $300 million before the comptroller’s office, which regulates the pre-need funeral industry, discovered a deficit of nearly $40 million in 2006 and eventually ruled that the association should never have been allowed to manage the money”……

“Our association continues to explore with our members, and our national association, measures that may improve the pre-need process,” Marsh said. “At this time, we have not seen a formal proposal, but we certainly look forward to working with the legislative task force to seek potential improvements to the system.”- Duane Marsh executive director of the IFDA.

So the IFDA appears to be working with the NFDA. It appears to be so wrong because in 2006 and 2007 $250,000.00 dollars was misappropiated  to Management and then to the  IFDA Museum of Funeral customs under the  then and current direction of Randal L Earl,  the NFDA Executive Secretary.

Questions still remain about Mr.Earls activity as IFDA President and his being named as a Defendant in three Lawsuits against the IFDA. It would wise for Mr. Earl to step aside until the air clears from this scandal.

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2 Responses to “National Funeral Directors Assoc.rescue for IL.Funeral Ponzi-YourFuneralGuy.”

  1. marsellusm710 April 29, 2009 at 8:36 pm #

    Funeral Guy and Friends,
    The plot thickens here in the good ole’ Land of Lincoln.

    Regarding the article in the Springfield State Journal-Register the comment from the AARP consumer advocacy babe Nancy Nelson. It would pay Ms. Nelson to do her homework on the facts of the IFDA Trust debacle. She obviously hasn’t a clue what went on and what is going on. She needs to know that we in Illinois do not need any additional oversight, because that is in place and suppose to be done by Dan Hynes and Company (Cemetery Care and Burial Trust Div.) at the Comptrollers Office, who still has some answering to do to those of out here who suffered substantial losses by not notifying us immediately when they saw the potential disaster awaiting us.

    No doubt the Illinois Funeral and Burial Funds Act needs a serious update. Placing it under the watch of additional regulatory agency(s) IS NOT THE ANSWER. If all of the critics will remember IFDA sent us F.H. owners and account holders earning statements. while Schainker, Dixon, and the Fraternal Brothers and Sisters of the “Secret Society” (Board Members) were playing “Let’s Get The Commissions” of converting cash to insurance and placing us at risk.

    It has been said by Hynes’ Office that he felt the Cemetery Care and Burial Trust Div. of his office needed to be regulated by another entity like the div. of insurance or banks and Trusts under the the Department of Finance and Profession Regulation. A Idea I tend to agree with, however I might prefer the IL Secretary of States Office. Anyway, that doesn’t matter right now, Change IS coming, to borrow a line from Mr. O’bama.

    I’m going to ask a favor of you and to back off your harsh comments of Duane Marsh. He is walking though a mine field of issues and is being somewhat misguided by the remaining board members of IFDA who have chosen to ignore several resignation requests by it’s membership and stayed on for spite. In the very near future IFDA will have new people (hopefully) in place to try to set a new course and direction for IFDA, and the very people who deserve it, the membership and the families they serve. I think he is calling NFDA to ask for help in getting copies of Trust laws from throughout the land. Maybe Mr. Earl offered his help, being the all important person he believes himself to be. Just what does Mr. Earl bring to the table of funeral service anyway??? I have yet to hear him speak at meetings of IFDA functions or show any leadership skills that tell me there is a true leader. That old saying comes to mind, “If you can’t dazzle ’em with brilliance baffle ’em with bullshit”.

    I’ve missed something about our friend Mr. Earl. I see you have him as being is three lawsuits. I know of the Consumer Class Action and the Derivative Suit, what is the third if I can ask?

    I just wonder when a Federal Grand Jury is going to take a look at this ordeal.

    Thanks for the opportunity to express my thoughts.
    Marsellus M710

  2. yourfuneralguy April 30, 2009 at 6:52 am #


    Your comments are again appreciated.
    As far as the AARP lady goes i do not have a clue why she is commenting om the mess. She apparently has not done her research. Point is there maybe their should be some banking regulation of IFDA funds now that it is funded under the bank: Merrill Lynch Bank and Trust.(MLBOT)

    Mr. Marsh made some harsh comments to membership on March 31st at a continuing education seminar. He however is in the middle of the IFDA mess as you point out.

    The NFDA should not be jumping in to help the IFDA at any level until the air clears. The question is: Is the NFDA jumping in to help because it is hanging on to Mr.Earl? Are they taking sides? They essentially are not talking.

    The third lawsuit where Randal L Earl is named is the Federated Insurance Vs the Illinois Funeral Directors Association lawsuit…

    Thanks for your comments,

    Your Funeral Guy.

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