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NPS Preneed Scandal UPDATED 7-5-2013

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UPDATE 7-5-2013

NPS Executives Plead Guilty In $600 Million Ponzi Scheme

Read the full article at Riverfront Times

 

UPDATE 6-2013—Jim Cassity, Brent Cassity, and others to go on trial for NPS Preneed Ponzi Scheme

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports:

One of six people accused of bilking customers out of as much as $600 million in a pre-arranged funeral scam admitted her role on Monday, as the rest of the defendants prepare to go to trial.

Sharon Nekol Province, 69, of Ballwin, pleaded guilty in federal court here to six counts of the 50-count indictment.

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They include James Douglas Cassity, of Clayton, who bought the company in 1979; his son, Brent Cassity, also of Clayton, who helped run the companies; Randall K. Sutton, of Chesterfield; Howard A. Wittner, of Chesterfield; and David R. Wulf, of St. Louis County.

They face additional charges of embezzlement, money laundering and conspiracy, all allegedly committed through a lengthy series of money transfers. The network of trusts and businesses named in the indictment include National Prearranged Services, Lincoln Memorial Life Insurance Co., Memorial Services Life Insurance Co. and Forever Enterprises, former owner of funeral homes in the St. Louis area.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 09 July 2013 15:09 ) Read more...
 

Join PBS Discussion on Funerals

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Public Television wants to hear from you. In conjunction with a soon to be released documentary about African-American funerals, PBS has a discussion page up asking readers their thoughts about a variety of funeral-related questions. 

 

 

LGBT Funeral Rights

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Karen Zinn's heart2soul.com has a new article on the pitfalls lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people face when planning funerals for their partners. LGBT folks take note! If your state doesn't have same sex marriage you're likely to run into legal hurdles involving who has the right to make decisions about the disposition of the body. Having a healthcare power of attorney is not enough. 

Check out the article, and also our list of Designated Agent For Body Disposition laws by state. 

 

Forgotten Ashes

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Pennsylvania funeral director Michael Neal has come up with a website that looks like an actual first—forgottenashes.com  He's listed unclaimed cremated remains at his funeral home in hopes relatives will come forward. Funeral directors can list their unclaimed cremated remains on the site, too. 

 

FCA on Good Goodbye Radio

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Tune in online at 6 p.m Eastern/3 p.m. Pacific on Wednesday, June 12, 2013,  to a Good Goodbye radio for a live show with Josh Slocum, executive director of Funeral Consumers Alliance. Hosted by Gail Rubin, A Good Goodbye Radio will be taking live calls at 866-404-6519.

 

Last Updated ( Monday, 10 June 2013 14:37 )
 


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