Licensing and Regulatory Affairs
Violations include storing remains in a disrespectful and improper manner, possessing remains without authorization, and filing false death certificates
Media Contact: LARA Communications 517-335-LARA (5272)
February 15, 2019 - The Dept. of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs has completed its administrative investigation into Perry Funeral Home in Detroit and the home’s designated manager Gary Deak stemming from its inspection and shutdown of the facility on October 19, 2018. Based on multiple violations of Michigan’s Occupational Code and the other state laws, LARA is seeking to revoke the home’s and Deak’s mortuary science licenses.
In October, LARA summarily suspended these licenses after regulators found violations resulting in an imminent threat to public safety. LARA’s completion of its administrative investigation has resulted in a Formal Complaint against Perry and Deak.
“Our investigation found numerous acts of gross negligence, incompetence, fraud and deceit in the practice of mortuary science,” said LARA Director Orlene Hawks. “We will continue to enforce state laws to protect our residents from bad actors who deceive the public and also tarnish the funeral home industry as a whole.”
Violations against Perry include:
LARA will use this Formal Complaint and its findings to seek license revocations. In response to the Formal Complaint, each respondent has the opportunity to participate in a compliance conference with the Department to either demonstrate compliance with the law or voluntarily engage in settlement negotiations. If no response is received to the Formal Complaint, or if the respondents request to proceed directly to an administrative hearing, one will be scheduled.
With respect to the respondents’ mortuary science licenses, the Board of Examiners in Mortuary Science determines the appropriate penalties upon review of a Hearing Report finding violations of the administrative law. LARA’s goal in taking the present actions is to ensure that this home and individual are never licensed in the funeral home industry again.
LARA is a regulatory agency with no criminal enforcement powers, but may refer a regulatory case to law enforcement for possible criminal considerations. LARA has shared the results of its regulatory investigation into Perry with the Detroit Police Department and the Michigan State Police.
Members of the public who have questions or concerns regarding the operation of Michigan’s funeral homes should contact LARA at 517-241-7000, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
More information on LARA’s regulation of Michigan funeral homes can be found here.