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Funeral home owners charged with COVID fraud after 190+ decaying bodies found

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Owners of the Return to Nature Funeral Home, Jon and Carie Hallford, were indicted on federal charges for misusing nearly $900,000 in pandemic relief funds. The charges come after authorities discovered 190 decaying bodies at their Colorado funeral home last year. The federal charges are in addition to over 200 state counts including corpse abuse and money laundering.


The couple allegedly spent the fraudulently obtained funds on personal luxuries such as vacations, cosmetic surgery, and high-end shopping. This misuse of funds was uncovered after a significant law enforcement operation at their business premises in Penrose, where the bodies were found stored improperly. The discovery has shocked the community and highlighted severe regulatory oversights.

The Hallfords made their initial federal court appearance Monday, facing potential penalties of up to 20 years in prison if convicted. The unfolding case has prompted legislative calls for stronger oversight of funeral homes in Colorado, reflecting the deep community impact of the scandal.



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