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Lilpup
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I suspect a number of us are affected by this - I know my parents had pre-paid some of their funeral expenses at one of the cemeteries listed.



DETROIT -- Attorneys general in Michigan and Tennessee have opened criminal investigations into allegations that the owner of Michigan's largest cemetery company illegally removed millions of dollars from trust fund accounts and put the money into ventures in Oklahoma and Nevada.

A spokesman for Attorney General Mike Cox confirmed the criminal investigation that began last month and includes a review of finances by the state's Bureau of Commercial Services, which enforces cemetery regulations.

"We have ordered a full-scale audit of (the 28) trust accounts to make sure the public's interest is protected," said Andrew L. Metcalf Jr., director of the Bureau of Commercial Services.

Michigan regulators fear that $61 million in trust funds earmarked for future burials and maintenance at 28 cemeteries is at risk. If the funds are depleted, thousands of consumers who bought contracts for future burials at large cemeteries such as Woodlawn in Detroit and Cadillac Memorial Gardens East in Clinton Township would also be out the money paid years earlier.

full story Cemetery mystery: $61M gone?

Trusts reviewed:

The 28 cemeteries owned by Clayton L. Smart and operated under the corporate name of Mikocem LLC:

Acacia Park Cemetery, Beverly Hills
Mount Hope Memorial Gardens, Livonia
Oakview Cemetery, Royal Oak
United Memorial Gardens, Plymouth
Oakland Hills Memorial, Novi
Roseland Park Cemetery, Berkley
Cadillac Memorial Gardens East, Mt. Clemens
Cadillac Memorial Gardens West, Westland
Woodmere Cemetery, Detroit
Woodlawn Cemetery, Detroit
Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Detroit
Grand Lawn Cemetery & Mausoleum, Detroit
Washtenong Memorial Park and Mausoleum, Ann Arbor
East Lawn Memorial Gardens, Saginaw
Graceland Memorial Park, Grand Rapids
Hillcrest Memorial Park, Jackson
Albion Memorial Gardens, Albion
Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens, Dimondale
Floral View Memorial Gardens, Grandville
Garden of Rest, Wells
Kent Memorial Gardens, Grand Rapids
Midland Memorial Gardens, Midland
Northland Chapel Gardens, Negaunee
Oaklawn Chapel Gardens, Sault St. Marie
Oakwood Mausoleum, Saginaw
Rest Lawn Memorial Gardens, Holland
Roselawn Memorial Gardens, Saginaw
Elm Lawn Cemetery, Bay City
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Neilr
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quote:

Some of the cemetery trusts date back 100 years for some of the largest historic properties in Metro Detroit, where icons such as Ford family members, Coleman Young and Rosa Parks are buried.



The article contains at least one error. Mayor Coleman Young is buried in Elmwood Cemetery which is not at all owned by this corporation.
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Lowell
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Another argument for cremation.
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Itsjeff
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Really, Lowell, it was just a small error in reporting. No need to go overboard.
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Fnemecek
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LOL @ Itsjeff!
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Karl
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This is a dead issue.
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Itsjeff
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Karl, if you thought that was funny, you're gravely mistaken.
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Outoftowner
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^^^ I'm laughing so hard I've started coffin.
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Alexei289
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I think this corporation wants this story burried..
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Outoftowner
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They're going to have to re-hearse their alibi.
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Itsjeff
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I rigor-ously encourage everyone to stop posting bad puns.
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Jimelnino
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^ Hey, you reap what you sow

...yeah that one is a bit of a stretch
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Itsjeff
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I know my parents had pre-paid some of their funeral expenses at one of the cemeteries listed.

Maybe they should have called Di-tech!

BWAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAahahah ahahahahahahahaha.
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Lilpup
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naw, my dad doesn't finance anything - he's a real diehard




(btw I was really pissed when I first read about this, til you started riffing - thanks)
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Ray1936
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grave
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Alexei289
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ha... that was a real dig...
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Karl
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All of you:

LOLIAZ!!

Now I have to ask: Is The House of Diggs still open for business in the D?
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Manrooter
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House of Diggs???

I wouldn't be caught dead there.
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Kova
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can we bury this thread now?
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Detroit_stylin
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The topic of this thread is morti-fying...
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Thnk2mch
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Wow...

Now Lowell is gonna have to undertake filtering subjects.
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Itsjeff
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I can dig it.
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Neilr
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A number of years ago, while walking down the main entrance drive of Woodlawn Cemetery, I noticed a discrete "For Sale" sign in front of one of the private family mausoleums. I've always wondered what the circumstances were that led to that family's decision to downsize. I mean, it's one thing to sell the diamond jewelry grandma left you in order to pay for a condo in Florida; but it's another thing entirely to sell the roof over her head...
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Jjaba
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This thread was dead in the water from the beginning. Oh well, this is a preservation Forum.

Like down to Receiving Hospital; GSW, DOA!

jjaba.
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Lowell
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Two from the ancient Oakwood Cemetery in Farmington...
One for Karl and all the right wingers to celebrate the death of...
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...and one for Manrooter to weep over the loss of...
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Manrooter
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I'm more curious about Jay Welfare, who is now 132 years old.
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Karl
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Well then, perhaps Manrooter can be the judge:

Have we hit bottom yet?
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Susanarosa
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Only if he can prove he's got six feet behind him...
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Karl
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A nice automotive tie-in, appropriate for the ocassion:

http://www.imperialclub.com/Ra re/Hearses/History.htm
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Karl
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And of course, we can't leave out the story of the originator of House of Diggs:

Charles Diggs Dies at 75
By Richard Pearson
Washington Post Staff Writer
Wednesday, August 26, 1998; Page B06

Charles C. Diggs Jr., 75, a Michigan Democrat who served 25 years in Congress, where he helped found the Congressional Black Caucus and rose to become chairman of the House District Committee, died Aug. 24 at Greater Southeast Community Hospital after a stroke.

Mr. Diggs was elected to the House in 1954. He was the first chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus, serving from 1969 to 1971, and from 1973 to 1978, he was chairman of the House District Committee. He also was chairman of the African affairs subcommittee of what was then the House Foreign Affairs Committee.

During his years as committee chairman, he spearheaded the efforts that resulted in the District's receiving a Home Rule Charter. He also was instrumental in the creation of the University of the District of Columbia and in the movement to declare the Frederick Douglass home in Anacostia a national monument.

He resigned from Congress in 1980, two years after being convicted of 29 counts of operating a payroll kickback scheme in his office. In 1978, he was stripped of his committee and subcommittee chairmanships. He also was censured by the House.

During the trial and appeals, Mr. Diggs maintained that he was a victim of "selective prosecution" and that he was held to standards different from white colleagues.

After serving seven months of a three-year prison sentence, he returned to the Washington area. He settled in Hillcrest Heights, received a political science degree from Howard University and opened a funeral home business in Prince George's County.

Charles Coles Diggs Jr. was born in Detroit. His father was the wealthy, politically powerful owner and operator of the House of Diggs, once called Michigan's largest funeral home.

The younger Diggs attended the University of Michigan and Fisk University before serving with the Army Air Forces in World War II. After the war, he received a degree in mortuary science from Wayne State University and attended the Detroit College of Law.

Mr. Diggs, a licensed mortician, entered the family business in 1946, then served from 1951 to 1954 in the Michigan State Senate. He was elected to Congress in 1954 from Michigan's 13th District. He defeated seven-term incumbent George D. O'Brien in the Democratic primary and went on to win a landslide victory in the general election.

His district included downtown Detroit and some of the city's poorest neighborhoods. The district was one of the most Democratic in the country, and Mr. Diggs never had trouble winning reelection, even after his 1978 convictions.

Upon arriving in Congress, he was assigned to the Committee on Interior and Insular Affairs and the Veterans Affairs Committee. He immediately became active in civil rights activities and became a leading black spokesman. He called for speedy desegregation of public schools as well as desegregation of public transportation. In Michigan politics, he became a power in negotiations on redistricting after the 1960 U.S. Census. After that reapportionment, Michigan became the first state since Reconstruction to send two black representatives to the House.

On the Foreign Affairs Committee, he became an authority on Africa and a proponent of aid to emerging nations there. He became chairman of the District Committee in 1973 after the defeat of Rep. John L. McMillan (D-S.C.).
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Lilpup
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uh, yeah we can...killjoy
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Ray1936
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He who breaks the thread.....
df
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Jimelnino
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Please don't use bold to emphasize the shots at the Democrats, this is not the thread for that.
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Jiminnm
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Many people strive to be:



But end up being:

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Jiminnm
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Sometimes there is foul play afoot:





Then the investigators are sent in:

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Jjaba
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Thanks. Funny. LOL.
jjaba.
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Alexei289
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how did those WORM their way in there...
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Ray1936
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With apologies to the ladies......
aman
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Ray1936
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One for all you attorneys.......
explos
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Kahnman
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Will you all kindly refrain from resuscitating this thread?
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Jiminnm
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This thread can't die.
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Alexei289
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i guess they couldnt make money legally, their accounts were bone dry

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