Calgary Herald

Funeral board to discuss charges

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Funeral regulators say they want to hear from the Lethbridge facility charged with fraud and committing indignitie­s to human bodies.

The Alberta Funeral Services Regulatory Board is finalizing the details of a special meeting that will be called to discuss the criminal charges laid against Cornerston­e Funeral Home and Crematoriu­m.

Board chair Kathy Bruce-Kavanagh said she anticipate­s the group will meet within two weeks.

“As a board, we take these charges seriously,” she said on Thursday.

The board may cancel, suspend or add conditions to a home’s licence.

On Wednesday, Lethbridge police charged Ralph and Faith Zentner, saying the pair overcharge­d government for funerals and used cheaper trays to perform cremations.

The Zentners deny the allegation­s and plan to fight them in court.

According to court documents, Faith Zentner is charged with cutting off a finger to get a ring in 2002.

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