Madigan sues tombstone maker

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CHICAGO (Legal Newsline) - Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan announced on Monday that she has filed a lawsuit against a Chicago area burial marker company for allegedly violating the Illinois Consumer Fraud Act.

Wulkan Monument Co., based in Orland Park, and Larry A. Born and Marie Kanger-Born, the company's owners, allegedly collected money for jobs but failed to complete and install headstones in a timely manner.

They also allegedly told people that the grave markers were finished and installed when, in fact, they had not been installed at grave sites.

"For many families, finalizing the gravestone is part of the grieving process," Madigan said. "The defendants' fraudulent conduct caused these families personal pain and financial loss."

Other acts the defendants are accused of include misspelling names and refusing to correct the mistakes, and not providing refunds to dissatisfied customers.

Madigan is asking the court to permanently enjoin the company and its owners from engaging in further burial marker business or providing gravestone services.

She is also seeking to fine the defendants a civil penalty of $50,000 each and an additional penalty of $50,000 for each act committed with the intent to defraud. Another $10,000 is also being sought for any act committed against a senior.

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