Oaknoll Memorial Garden, Floyd Memory Garden and Sunset Hills, which are owned by StoneMor Partners, received notice this week that each of them have been hit with a $100,000 fine by the Georgia Secretary of State’s Office .

According to reports, the three cemeteries in Rome “failed to keep their grounds in good condition, graves at the cemetery are being left in horrible shape, headstones markers and monuments were left broken or damaged, and roadways are in need of major repairs”.

The Secretary of State’s Office said that Stonemor Partners has 10 days from May 26th to respond to the order for arbitration.

The Proposal from the Secretary of State’s office may change if Stonemor decides to arbitrate.

“The Secretary of State’s office is proud to help ensure that the departed loved ones of the people of Georgia get the care they were promised,” said Noula Zaharis, Director of the Securities and Cemeteries Division in the Office of the Secretary of State. “No one should have to worry that the last wishes of those they care about are not being honored.

Lindsay Granson, SVP of Sales and Marketing for StoneMor,”First and foremost, our mission is to serve our families in their time of need, and we take the allegations in the proposed orders very seriously. Our company policy is not to comment on active legal matters. We will note, however, that the proposed orders are just that — a proposal to be discussed, negotiated and determined at a hearing. We will await that determination before we issue any further statement.”

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