RIPLEY, Miss. (WTVA) - The attorney for a Ripley funeral home responded a state report alleging the funeral home illegally substituted caskets.
Tony Farese, who represents Thomas Peebles and Ripley Funeral Services, said a disgruntled employee started the complaints.
He said many of the violations were to accommodate the family members of the deceased, such as changing the color and material of the casket.
“Mr. Peebles and Ripley Funeral Services, LLC, honored the wishes of the family members and attempted to accommodate them to the best of their ability,” the attorney stated.
Farese went on to say the funeral home has never intentionally violated state laws in any attempt to make profits or gain a competitive advantage over any other funeral providers.
“All violations of state law were performed out of a need to provide compassionate services to grieving families,” Farese stated.
Ripley Funeral Services paid a $10,000 fine as part of a consent order.
Farese said the consent order was entered by Ripley Funeral Services as the most expedient way to resolve the dispute.
“Sometimes, applying the letter of the law does not make rational sense, and I respectfully contend that was the situation here,” the attorney concluded.