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Attorney General's Office Seeks Receivership of NW Iowa Funeral Home

October 01, 2019 12:32pm

The Iowa Attorney General's Office is seeking receivership of the Joyce Funeral Home in Emmetsburg following an investigation into it's insolvency.

The A-G's Office says it's filed the request in Polk County District Court in order to protect funds being held in a trust. If approved, the Iowa Insurance Division would be named receiver, as it regulates pre-need funeral merchandise and services in Iowa. The A-G's Office says Andrew Joyce, the operator of the funeral home, is not licensed to engage in the sale of pre-need contracts in Iowa.

In a news release, the Attorney General's Office says an investigation showed two financial accounts for Joyce Funeral Home and Andrew Joyce Monuments maintained negative balances and that the Joyce-Alesch Funeral Home bank account was closed on July 17th of this year due to lack of funds.

The A-G's office says Iowans known to have worked with Andrew Joyce regarding preneed planning or who have outstanding agreements or contracts with Joyce, Joyce Funeral Home or Joyce-Alesch Funeral Home have been contacted via U.S. Mail. However, the office says Iowans who have not been contacted that believe they have outstanding agreements or contracts with Andrew Joyce, Joyce Funeral Home or Joyce-Alesch Funderal Home should contact the Iowa Insurance Division immediately.

(courtesy KUOO in Spirit Lake)