Hosemann issues cease and desist order to cemeteries

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Published: August 16,2011

Tags: cease and desist order, cemeteries, state government

CORINTH and BOONEVILLE — Forrest Memorial Park of Corinth and Oaklawn Memorial Park of Booneville have been ordered to cease and desist with all sales of pre-need goods and services to the public.

“We are in the early stages of reviewing the books and records of these two cemeteries. Our examiners have already have statements these cemeteries have over $100,000 missing from their perpetual care trust accounts,” says Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann. “This is unacceptable.”

Forrest Memorial Park and Oaklawn Memorial Park are owned and operated by Wayne Hight of Corinth. Hight Funeral Home is located on property, which adjoins Forrest Memorial Park. The funeral home is not currently subject to the cease and desist order.

An administrative hearing has been scheduled in this case for Aug. 19, beginning at 10:30 a.m. in the Second Floor Conference Room of the Secretary of State’s Office in Jackson.

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