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October 26, 1995 | ERIC SLATER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
What started as gruesome discoveries in two Southern California cemeteries now tops the state's list of consumer scandals. State investigators have taken over five California cemeteries and are seeking control of at least four more in an expanding probe that has taken several bizarre turns and pitted two state agencies against each other.
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October 26, 1995 | ERIC SLATER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
What started as gruesome discoveries in two Southern California cemeteries now tops the state's list of consumer scandals. State investigators have taken over five California cemeteries and are seeking control of at least four more in an expanding probe that has taken several bizarre turns and pitted two state agencies against each other.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 21, 1995
A judge Thursday gave the state Cemetery Board authority to use restricted trust funds to reopen a Santa Fe Springs cemetery, where remains had been dug up and cast aside so plots could be resold. However, it remained uncertain whether the board, which had ordered Paradise Memorial Park closed down at 6 p.m. Wednesday, would act on Los Angeles Superior Court Commissioner Bruce E. Mitchell's ruling.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 18, 1995 | ERIC SLATER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
State investigators disclosed Thursday that the owners of an embattled Carson cemetery allegedly embezzled about $400,000 from an endowment fund--money that should have gone for upkeep of the decaying burial grounds. "It may go higher," state Cemetery Board investigator Bob Dail said of the money taken from Lincoln Memorial Park cemetery. Officials also shed light on the origin of their investigation into the cemetery, the second such inquiry in two months.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 24, 1996 | ERIC SLATER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In the most grisly case to come out of the Southern California cemetery scandals, the groundskeeper of a Santa Fe Springs graveyard faces 69 felony counts of illegally digging up remains, grand theft, fraud and embezzlement, authorities said Tuesday. The groundskeeper's mother, who owns Paradise Memorial Park, and sister, general manager of the facility, also face three counts each of embezzling maintenance funds from the cemetery, Los Angeles County sheriff's officials said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 27, 1995 | JEFF KASS, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The 1,600-degree heat of a cremation furnace is so intense that it vaporizes the remains placed inside, leaving no ashes and releasing no odors, the cremation industry and state regulators say. But more than 300 Garden Grove residents are not convinced. They have signed a petition opposing plans to add a crematorium at Magnolia Park Memorial Cemetery, which is situated between two preschools in their neighborhood.
NEWS
October 27, 1995 | ERIC SLATER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Forty more California cemeteries might come under investigation for filing "questionable" financial statements or failing to file any financial statements at all in the last year, the director of the Department of Consumer Affairs announced Thursday. The state requires cemeteries to set aside money for endowment funds--totaling $550 million statewide--to keep cemeteries open and maintained.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 13, 1995 | ERIC SLATER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In ancient Egypt, thieves plundered golden treasure from the tombs of kings. In 1990s Los Angeles, the burial gold lies in the real estate, in the grave sites themselves. There will always be more dead people, but there will not always be more land to put them in.
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