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Cemetery Owner In Attorney General's Crosshairs

Josh James

Attorney General Andy Beshear is taking a Scott County Cemetery owner to court over alleged violations of the state’s Consumer Protection Act.

"For over a year, Crestlawn Cemetery and Dale Shackleford betrayed Kentucky and Scott County families and it's going to stop today," he told reporters.

The Democratic consumer watchdog made the announcement Tuesday in the same Scott County Courthouse room where dissatisfied Crestlawn Cemetery customers gathered to air their concerns just a week before. Beshear said more than 20 complaints have been lodged with his office – with the charges ranging from uninstalled markers to poor maintenance of the property just outside of Georgetown.

Beshear is seeking a court order requiring owner Dale Shackleford to cease any new business until he provides the requested services or refunds.

"Mr. Shackleford has not taken these complaints and the toll that he has taken on the community seriously," the attorney general said. "He is either slow to respond to consumers or does not reply at all."

The owner is also accused of failing to register his business with the Office of the Attorney General as required by Kentucky law.

Calls by the Associated Press to numbers listed for Shackleford have so far not been returned.