Controversial cremation company ordered to cease and desist in home state
A cremation company labeled as "body brokers" by other funeral homes has been ordered to stop doing business in their home state. The Colorado Office of Funeral Home and Crematory Registration summarily suspended the registration of Heritage Crematory Services on June 6, saying the company "is guilty of multiple deliberate and willful violations of the Mortuary Science Code."
In April, Valley News Live told you about Heritage Cremation Provider and how local funeral homes in the Valley were left picking up the pieces for families that used the companies services.
"You had a loved one that died, and all of a sudden they were kicked when they were down," said Dan Dahl, a funeral home owner from East Grand Forks.
Heritage Cremation Provider is not located in Minnesota or North Dakota but when you google them they say they are local. Heritage Cremation is essentially a web based marketing company that collects payment upfront then subcontracts the actual service to local funeral homes.
Colorado along with 11 other states have issued Cease and Desist Orders and 30 complaints have been register with Federal Trade Commission. The Minnesota Department of Health is investigating the company as well.
North Dakota has not issues a Cease and Desist Order yet but the North Dakota State Board of Funeral Service warns people using the cremation company.