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Judge Orders Georgetown Cemetery Owner to Repay Customers

By Terry Sebastian/Crystal Staley

Frankfort, KY - Attorney General Andy Beshear today announced his Office of Consumer Protection was granted a default judgment against Crestlawn Cemetery in Scott County and its owner, Dale Shackelford.

Scott County Circuit Judge Paul F. Isaacs ordered the defendants to fulfill all outstanding obligations to consumers or provide full refunds, and to properly register the cemetery and pay the Office of the Attorney General civil penalties.

Beshear said he was thankful for the work undertaken by his Office of Consumer Protection and for Judge Isaacs's ruling.

"This case shows my commitment to fight for every Kentucky family," Beshear said. "How we treat those who have passed shows the type of values we hold. Today's ruling is a win for the Scott County families who have been taken advantage of by Shackelford and Crestlawn. No family should have to endure this type of pain, and my office will continue to work to unsure they receive the justice they deserve."

In late May, the Office of the Attorney General brought a civil lawsuit against Crestlawn Cemetery LLC and owner Shackelford after receiving numerous consumer complaints alleging that headstones and other items had not been installed and that adequate maintenance was not being performed on the cemetery grounds.

Shackelford failed to respond to the suit prompting the Attorney General's Office to take further action by filing a motion for default judgement in July.

Shackelford also did not reply to the motion for default judgement or appear in court today when the judge ruled in Beshear's favor. The Attorney General's Office will now monitor compliance with the court order and take appropriate steps, if the defendants fail to comply.

One of the critical missions of the Attorney General's Office is to help protect Kentucky families from fraud and exploitation. Consumers who have experienced issues with Crestlawn Cemetery and have not already contacted the Attorney General's Office should call 502-696-5389 or to make a report.

This story was posted on 2016-08-04 18:37:47
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