Authorities probe New Jersey Catholic cemetery's cash-for-plots practice


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SADDLE BROOK, New Jersey — Bergen County's prosecutor is investigating the financial practices of a Catholic cemetery in Saddle Brook that sold graves at a discount for cash.

The Diocese of Paterson forbids the practice of taking cash and the pastor of St. Mary's Assumption Church in Passaic raised concerns about the financial management of St. Mary's Cemetery.

Diocese lawyer Kenneth Mullaney tells The Record (http://bit.ly/1rdlGYQ ) newspaper the pastor thought there was a drop-off in cemetery income. An accountant's report was turned over to the prosecutor after the previous cemetery director left.

The newspaper reports an "absence of records" led the cemetery to bury a man in the wrong grave last month.

Mullaney would not say how much cash was accepted for discounted gravesites.


Information from: The Record (Woodland Park, New Jersey), http://www.northjersey.com

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