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Lamesa Memorial Park shut down by state banking commissioner

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The Lamesa Press Reporter is reporting on the seizure of records and funds at Lamesa Memorial Park.

The article says the business was shut down by a state regulatory agency on Tuesday as they ordered a halt to the sale of burial spaces and markers at the cemetery.

ORIGINAL STORY: State officials seize cemetery records, funds

Actions were taken by the Banking Commissioner of Texas after allegations that cemetery operators have committed "egregious" violations of various rules and laws governing perpetual care cemeteries.

A cease-and-desist order  bans the cemetery from all operations except to conduct burials of persons who already own plots and to set markers that already have been paid for.

The order also instructs the cemetery operators to continue to maintain the cemetery property and grounds.

A separate emergency order cancels the cemetery's permit to hold and administer prepaid funeral benefit contracts and orders immediate seizure of prepaid funeral funds and records.

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