CHARLESTON — West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey distributed more than $117,000 to victims of a burial association, which the Attorney General has accused of engaging in unfair and deceptive business practices.
Tri-County Burial Association stood accused of misrepresenting that a paid membership to the association would provide benefits equal to one’s entire burial expense, a failed promise that left consumers with no prior notice of reduced benefits and eventually a dissolved association.
“Businesses must comply with every aspect of our state’s consumer protection laws,” Attorney General Morrisey said. “I commend our office’s tireless efforts to recoup as much money as possible for the affected consumers.”
A Raleigh County circuit judge’s final court order required the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division to divide Tri-County Burial Association’s remaining assets, minus mailing costs, among eligible members or the estates thereof.
The Attorney General’s Office mailed checks to 632 eligible recipients Monday. Each will receive $185.85. Per the court’s order, any checks returned as undeliverable will be considered unclaimed property and delivered to the West Virginia State Treasurer’s Office.
The restitution process involved the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division reviewing membership documents obtained from Tri-County Burial Association and processing submitted claim forms, all actions consistent with the court’s order.
Tri-County Burial Association was an unincorporated association based in Beckley. It dissolved in October 2014.