- Associated Press - Thursday, September 24, 2015

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The Louisiana Cemetery Board has refused to issue an operational license to the owner of a financially troubled graveyard in Prairieville after a hearing this week.

The Advocate reports (https://bit.ly/1FhoI7d) the unanimous decision allows Lawrence Dodd and his Baton Rouge company, National Information Services Inc., to sell at-need plots - those needed after someone dies - and to bury those with plots already at Oak Lane Memorial Park cemetery off Louisiana Highway 73.

But the decision requires Dodd to put all proceeds toward nearly $83,000 in shortfalls left by the previous cemetery owner in trusts ensuring graves are built and cared for as their owners were promised.

With no license, the cemetery remains blocked from lucrative sales of pre-need plots.

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Information from: The Advocate, https://theadvocate.com

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