Here we go again! What is it about cemetery management that inspires people to be dishonest? In this case it’s still an alleged crime but it doesn’t look good.
This time the alleged fraud is being perpetrated at Mount Eden Cemetery, a 26-acre Jewish cemetery in New York’s Westchester County. The Attorney General is investigating allegations that the cemetery directors misused millions of dollars in assets for personal gain. The fraud was discovered through a routine audit.
The charges against the board members include no-show jobs, credit charges that have nothing to do with cemetery business, and $3 million in unpaid loans.
Daniel Shapiro, the Chairman of the Board, signed an order and sent it to the New York Attorney General stating, “The controlling certificate holders, directors and officers of Mount Eden have managed and operated Mount Eden for their personal benefit and personal gain.”
The directors named in the allegations were, Patrick O’Connell, Ruth Hogan, Heather Hogan Lospinoso, Stephanie Hogan Webb and Tara Hogan. Two of the people, Patriack O’Connell and Ruth Hogan each receive $75,000 in annually for 30 hours of work each week. It appears that they are seldom at the cemetery and Hogan is apparently living in North Carolina.
Please read the entire article written by Ernie Garcia at lohud.com