AG asks judge to put chancery clerk in charge of Laurel cemetery

The attorney general's office wants a judge

to name the Jones County chancery clerk as receiver for Sunset

Gardens Memorial Park cemetery in Laurel.

Special Assistant Attorney General Camala Wyatt said in

documents filed this past week in chancery court that someone must

maintain custody and control over the cemetery.

A judge hasn't ruled on the request.

Wyatt said the cemetery owners should be permanently prohibited

from transferring or disposing of any real or personal property

connected with the cemetery.

Wyatt said the owners also should pay restitution to people who

paid for services that were not provided and be fined the maximum

civil penalty of $10,000 per violation of the Mississippi Consumer

Protection Act.

Local residents had complained to the attorney general's office

about problems with burial agreements with Sunset Gardens.