Greenville Funeral Home Director Arrested On Theft Charges


By Amanda Wade

In Greenville, Harrison Funeral Home is closed and the funeral home director is under fire after charges of theft.

Now, many people say they do not know how they will pay for their funerals.

Douglas "Dusty" Harrison was arrested Monday by Greenville Police on six counts of theft of property. Investigators say he was selling pre-need contracts for funerals. For pre-need agreements, the funeral home is required to set aside the money in a trust or fund. Greenville Police say Harrison never did that, using the money to run his business instead.

Officials say he was issued a cease and desist order from the Alabama Insurance Board in 2003 and court ordered in 2011 to stop issuing them, but he never did.

Joan McGough bought a pre-need contract from Harrison Funeral Home and says, "I talked to Dusty and he assured me that he had the money put up in trust and that everything was okay, and I asked for my money to be refunded, and he would not refund my money. And at that time I realized that if he had the money he would have refunded it."
Jane Chesser, who also bought a pre-need contract, adds, "It just makes you sick in your stomach. I'd have never dreamed he done nothing like that. Which I ain't the only one he done like that."
Investigators say there are more cases pending at the federal level and losses could amount to more than a quarter of a million dollars, "The federal investigation is still ongoing, they go a little bit more in depth and look at federal charges, whereas we don't deal with that. So there may be further charges coming federally later on," says Greenville Police Investigator, Justin Lovvorn.

Harrison Funeral Home opened in Greenville in 1973 and was forced to close after losing its license in 2013.

We contacted Harrison's legal team, but they said they have no comment at this time.

Officials say Harrison bonded out of jail; His bond was set at $120,000.

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