Province Helping Funeral Home Clients

first_img The Nova Scotia government is helping clients of a Sydney Minesfuneral home whose trust accounts were allegedly misappropriated. Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations Minister Barry Barnetsaid officials from his department are working closely with thelocal funeral industry to minimize the impact to clients of theG. R. Francis and Son Funeral Home. The company was notified onMonday, Feb. 21 that its funeral home licence would be cancelledeffective Feb. 28. Information gathered by Service Nova Scotia and MunicipalRelations and provided to Cape Breton Regional Police indicatesthat about $200,000, which should have been deposited into 46trust accounts for pre-arranged funerals, is missing. Funds deposited into 36 other trust accounts appear to be fullyaccounted for. The department has written to all 82 trust accountowners to explain the action taken and to outline next steps. “Now that this has been referred to the police, we are doingeverything we can to ensure these people receive the service theypaid for,” Mr. Barnet said. All funeral homes licensed to sell pre-arranged funeral servicesare required by the Cemetery and Funeral Services Act to undergoan annual, independent audit to ensure compliance with the act. The most recent audit of the Francis Funeral Home, completed inlate 2003, indicated all was in order. How the company wasapparently able to circumvent this security feature will be partof the police investigation. SERVICE N.S./MUNICIPAL RELATIONS–Province Helping Funeral HomeClientslast_img

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