Judge grants $50K to troubled cemetery

August 26, 2009 5:57:27 AM PDT
A Cook County judge has agreed to release $50,000 to the receiver handling operations at a suburban Chicago cemetery where former employees are accused of digging up graves to resell plots. Judge Martin Agran ruled Monday the money will be released immediately to receiver Roman Szabelski. Szabelski's attorney says the money will likely be used to rehire the employees at Burr Oak Cemetery in Alsip.

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More than a dozen lawsuits have been filed against the owners of Burr Oak by relatives whose loved ones were buried at the cemetery.

On Monday, the court-appointed receiver of Burr Oak issued a report outlining the condition of the cemetery, and what it will cost to reopen the cemetery.

Four cemetery workers have been charged with allegedly dumping human remains and reselling the burial plots.