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A Riverside County funeral home owner was convicted recently of six counts of grand theft and financial elder abuse for defrauding elderly customers in scams involving pre-paid funerals. The 58-year-old woman faces up to six years in state prison for financial funeral home abuse of at least 20 customers of Valley Funeral Home. Investigators say that the woman took $20,000 from each victim for pre-paid funeral arrangements between 1998 and 2004, but did not submit the paperwork to the victim’s insurance companies.

Personal injury lawyer-Samer habbasDuring her trial, the woman repeatedly blamed her employees for what she called paperwork errors. She also blamed them for stealing the money. A jury deliberated for less than six hours to determine the guilty verdict, and the woman was convicted of defrauding three former clients. When we read of this and other types of funeral abuse, we often wonder what could compel someone to take advantage of people in this or other ways. Whether it’s financial fraud of burial expenses, cremation fraud, theft of personal effects, storing and handling the deceased in an illegal and undignified manner or another type of funeral home abuse, it’s morally reprehensible and inexcusable.

Sadly, the families of the deceased keep scheduling consultations with Samer Habbas and other Los Angeles funeral home abuse lawyers as this unconscionable abuse continues in California funeral homes and cremation facilities. It is devastating to families to hear that a loved one has been abused in some way, and California funeral home abuse attorney Samer Habbas is dedicated to helping families through this profoundly difficult time. To schedule a free consultation with this experienced Southern California funeral home abuse attorney, call his law offices of Samer Habbas today at 888-848-5084.

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