Police Investigating Claims Grandmother's Coffin Swapped For Cheap Pine Box During Cremation

$1700 coffin to $70 box.


11 January 2018

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Police are investigating following claims that the coffin purchased for a Queensland grandmother was swapped for a cheaper pine casket for the cremation.

According to Nine News, the funeral of Janice Cecilia Valigura, 74, was held on Monday. As a part of the funeral package purchased, an expensive oak coffin with silk linings was chosen, worth approximately $1,700.

However, following a delay in moving the body from the church to the crematorium, it became apparent that the casket had been replaced.

The woman's body was moved into a $70 pine box and wrapped in plastic instead of the silk wrap that was a part of the package.

"Detectives from the Rockhampton criminal investigation branch are investigating an alleged fraud complaint that was made to police on the 9th of January and involves a local funeral company,” Detective Sergeant Craig Strohfeldt said.

"It is quite serious matter and we’re putting a lot of resources into the investigation.

“In my experience I’ve never received a complaint of this nature. It is quite unusual.”

It has been confirmed by numerous other funeral operators that standard practice is to cremate the person in the coffin purchased.

 

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