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Four Milwaukee funeral homes fined after violating federal law

MILWAUKEE (WTAQ) - Four Milwaukee funeral homes will voluntarily pay the federal government, and enter a compliance program, after failing to give itemized price lists to consumers.

Federal law requires the price breakdowns, so grieving families can compare costs and make sure they don't get forced into buying features they don't need or want.

The Federal Trade Commission said it caught the four Milwaukee funeral homes violating its rules last year during an undercover investigation. The agency did not name the facilities.

Media reports said violators face up to $16,000 in fines for each violation. To avoid legal action, the FTC said the Milwaukee funeral homes agreed to take part in a three-year program.

The National Funeral Directors Association runs the program, and gets administrative fees from violators.

The FTC said it inspected 124 funeral homes in eight states last year -- and 32 of them failed to disclose proper pricing data.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)