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January 18, 1996 | ERIC SLATER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The former chief of the state Cemetery Board, a crusading reformer who brought to light the dark side of a troubled California burial industry, illegally accepted more than $10,000 of a cemetery's endowment fund and used some of the money for personal expenditures, according to a state auditor's report. Raymond Giunta, who lost his post when the state Department of Consumer Affairs took over the duties of the Cemetery Board on Jan.
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January 18, 1996 | ERIC SLATER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The former chief of the state Cemetery Board, a crusading reformer who brought to light the dark side of a troubled California burial industry, illegally accepted more than $10,000 of a cemetery's endowment fund and used some of the money for personal expenditures, according to a state auditor's report. Raymond Giunta, who lost his post when the state Department of Consumer Affairs took over the duties of the Cemetery Board on Jan.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 12, 1995
State officials today begin the task of digging up remains from the Paradise Memorial Park in Santa Fe Springs to relocate to other cemeteries. A 7 a.m. disinterment--to be kept private at the request of the family--was to be the first of three scheduled for this week, said Raymond Giunta, executive director of the California Cemetery Board. State officials seized the cemetery last month after turning up evidence that its operators had unearthed bodies to resell graves.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 7, 1995
About 300 people a day continue to flood into Paradise Memorial Park--a Santa Fe Springs cemetery where bodies were unearthed and plots allegedly resold--to determine whether the graves of their deceased loved ones were desecrated, an official said Thursday. State cemetery officials await word from Gov.
NEWS
June 2, 1994
The owner of Sunnyside Cemetery in Long Beach apparently used money from the graveyard's endowment fund to pay such personal expenses as leasing a Mercedes, buying food and drinks at local bars and restaurants, and making payments to his former wife, according to state investigators. Raymond Giunta, executive director of the state Cemetery Board, said last week that officials will seek criminal charges against owner Dean A. Dempsey, and his former wife, Debra Dempsey.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 20, 1995 | JOHN HURST, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Hundreds of angry and grieving people who gathered Saturday at Lincoln Memorial Park in Carson were promised by state officials that someone would be jailed for the desecration of graves and the alleged looting of the unkempt cemetery's maintenance fund. As relatives of the interred sat in folding chairs under a sweltering sun, stood in restless knots or wandered through the weed-grown grounds looking for the graves of loved ones, Assemblywoman Juanita M.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 28, 1995 | ERIC SLATER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
At the state Cemetery Board's last meeting Wednesday, Assemblyman Willard H. Murray Jr. (D-Paramount) released a preliminary report recommending sweeping changes in the way private cemeteries are regulated in California. The report comes after a summer of cemetery scandals, during which several Southern California graveyard operators were accused of raiding maintenance trust funds and committing other, sometimes gruesome, misdeeds, including digging up bodies and reselling burial plots.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 7, 1995 | ERIC SLATER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
State officials plan to investigate at least 13 California cemeteries that failed to file required financial reports for 1993 and 1994.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 7, 1995 | ERIC SLATER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
State officials plan to investigate at least 13 California cemeteries that failed to file required financial reports for 1993 and 1994. The lack of required reports is considered a warning signal by Cemetery Board officials who earlier this summer seized two Los Angeles County cemeteries, alleging that among other violations, graves at Paradise Memorial Park in Santa Fe Springs had been dug and resold multiple times and that owners of Lincoln Memorial...
NEWS
June 16, 1994 | JOHN POPE
Sunnyside Cemetery, the historic Long Beach graveyard plagued by financial problems and months of neglect, has been sold for $100 to a Wilmington-based landscaper who said he will consider giving the site to the state or a nonprofit group. "My goal is to turn the cemetery around," said the new owner, Je-Rome Poland. "If (members of a nonprofit group) feel they can do that or if the state feels it can, I'm more than willing to let them try. If not, I'm going to move forward."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 20, 1995 | JOHN HURST, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Hundreds of angry and grieving people who gathered Saturday at Lincoln Memorial Park in Carson were promised by state officials that someone would be jailed for the desecration of graves and the alleged looting of the unkempt cemetery's maintenance fund. As relatives of the interred sat in folding chairs under a sweltering sun, stood in restless knots or wandered through the weed-grown grounds looking for the graves of loved ones, Assemblywoman Juanita M.
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