September 29, 2009
Columbia, Mo. -- Attorney General Chris Koster announced today that a Boone County Grand Jury has indicted Harold Warren, Sr., on three counts of unlawful merchandising practices. Warren was the owner of the Warren Funeral Chapel in Columbia.
The indictment charges that Warren misrepresented to consumers that he was providing them with the cremated ashes of family members, but that the ashes he gave the consumers were not actually the remains of their family members.
"Harold Warren, Sr., is charged with making misstatements to consumers at a time when they were especially vulnerable," Koster said. "The Attorney General's Office is committed to protecting consumers from those who would take advantage of them during their most vulnerable times by arduously enforcing the state's consumer protection laws."
Koster said unlawful merchandising practices is a Class D felony under Missouri law. The charge against the defendant is merely an accusation and, as in all criminal cases, the defendant is presumed innocent until or unless proved guilty in a court of law.