Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine today announced a lawsuit against the operators of two Ohio cemeteries — Fairview Memorial Park in Delaware County and Grandview Memorial Park in Portage County — for failing to deliver headstones, vaults, and memorial items sold to consumers.
The lawsuit accuses the cemeteries and owners Theodore L. Martin Jr. and Arminda Martin of violating Ohio’s Consumer Sales Practices Act.
“When people are grieving the loss of a family member, they shouldn’t have to deal with problems like this,” Attorney General DeWine said. “Our goal is to help consumers who have been harmed and to enforce the state’s consumer protection laws.”
Fairview Memorial Park is located at 5035 Columbus Pike in Lewis Center, and Grandview Memorial Park is located at 5400 Lakewood Road in Ravenna.
According to the Attorney General’s lawsuit, the cemeteries accepted money or credit card payments from consumers for headstones, vaults, and other memorial items they failed to deliver. Estimated consumer losses currently total about $36,000 based on 26 unresolved complaints.
The Attorney General’s lawsuit, filed in the Portage County Common Pleas Court, seeks restitution for consumers, an end to any violations of the Consumer Sales Practices Act, and civil penalties.
Martin and Martin also have been charged criminally in Portage County in separate cases involving related activity.
Consumers who suspect a scam or unfair sales practice can contact the Ohio Attorney General’s Office at [www.ohioprotects.org]www.OhioProtects.org or by calling 800-282-0515.