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Body of complaints piled up: State knew of funeral home concerns long before FBI raid

State knew of funeral home concerns long before FBI raid

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A state agency charged with consumer protection received complaints for years about a Montrose funeral home, including concerns from other state officials, before FBI agents searched the business and it closed.

Records obtained by The Daily Sentinel indicate the Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies, which oversees funeral homes and crematories, was contacted by officials who maintain permits allowing bodies to be cremated, buried or donated and were concerned about Sunset Mesa Funeral Directors' practices. The officials also expressed concerns about shoddy recordkeeping and owner Megan Hess' lack of compliance with state laws governing death certificates.

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