Funeral Home Fraud Victims Will Get Services

By: Rhiana Huckins Email
By: Rhiana Huckins Email

There is good news for customers affected by the fraud allegations at the Kent Thornton Meadows Funeral Home.

Wednesday, Meadows' defense attorney revealed what's going to happen with the pre-paid funeral contracts.

Victims that have been affected by this are going to get just what they paid for: a funeral service.

Ward Wilson Funeral Home in Dothan has offered to take over their contracts.

Last week, David Meadows, owner of Kent Thornton Meadows Funeral Home was arrested on felony charges.

He's accused of stealing money from customers who pre-paid for funerals.

Since then, victims have been worried about their money and funeral arrangements.

Ruby Exum said, "I think it’s mighty bad when anybody worked and spent out the money like that and then it’s gone, no show."

Former Judge Denny Holloway is Meadow's defense attorney. He said, "No one owns these trust monies; the funeral home is the beneficiary of the trust money. That’s the Alabama State Code, Title 27, 17 A, 22."

Thanks to a deal made between Meadows and Ward Wilson Funeral Home, victims are getting compensated.

"We know how sensitive it is,” Holloway said. “Someone thinks they paid for a funeral and not going to get it."

Those affected may not see their money again, but they are going to get what they paid for.

"What you're contracted for is a funeral and that’s what is going to be provided," Holloway added.

Meadows as been charged with a total of eight first degree theft charges and five second degree forgery charges.

He was seeking legal help with his business since last November, and after these charges, is forced to sell his business.

All details must still be finalized and approved by the Department of Insurance. Once that happens, the victims should then be notified.

Dothan Police investigators say, so far, more than 200 people have been victims in this case, and they are still investigating.

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  • by Phyllis Location: Ashford on Jul 15, 2009 at 11:09 AM
    I am one of the victoms and as of yet have not been notified of anything. Who can I speak with regarding what's to become of all the money my husband and I invested? I left copies of all our paper work with Dothan Police over 3 years ago and NO One has contacted me about anything. Will somebody please tell us what to do or where to go.
  • by WTMFRAPS Location: Dothan on Feb 28, 2008 at 10:13 AM
    In this article Meadows attorney quoted from the law trying to indicate Meadows can't be guilty because "no one owns the money" and refered to AL Code 27-17A-22. You would think a Judge would not misqoute a law and the reporter would look it up for verification. 27-17A-22 discribes how violating the preneed law is subject to punishment making unlawful violations criminal. Nowhere in the law does it state what was quoted or that you can steal from Peter to give to Paul. You can find a copy of the preneed law and regulations here
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