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Owners of Colorado Funeral Home Charged with COVID Fraud and Misconduct

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Owners of Colorado Funeral Home Charged with COVID Fraud

The owners of a Colorado Springs funeral home, Jon and Carie Hallford, have been indicted on federal charges related to fraud and COVID relief funds. The charges stem from allegations that the Hallfords failed to properly handle the remains of at least 190 bodies they were paid to handle, dating back to 2019.

Allegations of Misconduct

According to court documents, the Hallfords are accused of giving families dry concrete instead of ashes, collecting over $130,000 for cremations and burials they never performed, and even burying the wrong body on multiple occasions. These new charges add to the already extensive list of felonies the Hallfords are facing in Colorado, including misspending pandemic relief funds, abusing corpses, theft, money laundering, and forgery.

Potential Penalties

If convicted, the Hallfords could face fines of up to $250,000 and up to 20 years in prison for the federal charges. In addition to the legal consequences, they are also facing lawsuits from many of the families who hired their funeral home, Return to Nature.

These charges highlight the seriousness of the allegations against the Hallfords and the potential impact on the families who entrusted them with their loved ones’ final arrangements. The legal process will determine the outcome of the case, but it serves as a reminder of the importance of transparency and integrity in the funeral industry.

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