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Judge rules for insurance company in funeral home lawsuit

July 5, 2016

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A federal judge has ruled for an insurance company in its case against the operators of a Putnam County funeral home accused of filing false death claims on behalf of pre-need contract customers who weren’t actually dead.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports (http://bit.ly/29mQaDi) Homesteaders Life Insurance Company was granted default judgment Thursday in its lawsuit against Poca-based Gatens-Harding Funeral Home owners Chad and Billie Harding.

The lawsuit said that the Hardings cashed in on over $1 million worth of pre-need funeral contracts for 111 people who were still alive during an eight-year period.

The Hardings denied the allegations in a filing last year by their attorney Jeff Woods.

The judge cited a “complete lack of interest in defending” the case.

The amount the Hardings will be ordered to pay Homesteaders hasn’t yet been determined.


Information from: The Charleston Gazette-Mail, http://wvgazettemail.com.

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