Chicago funeral homes prey on families of homicide victims

Chicago funeral homes are making a literal killing by handling the funeral arrangement for the victims of homicides and pocketing up to $7500 in taxpayer funds. The funds come from the Illinois Crime Victim’s Compensation fund. But funeral directors often add on charges not covered by the fund, taking advantage of the emotional state of the families and their lack of knowledge about the law. Fox News: The state – along with the federal government – provides eligible victims of violent crime with up to $27,000 in financial assistance for out-of-pocket expenses. The families of murder victims get $7,500 for funeral costs. According to the National Funeral Directors Association, the average cost of a funeral for an adult is between $7,000 and $8,300. The Federal Trade Commission puts the figure slightly higher at around $10,000. The $7,500 from the Crime Victim’s Compensation fund is supposed to go toward staff salary, use of facilities,...(Read Full Post)