Licensing and Regulatory Affairs
Media Contact: LARA Communications (517-335-LARA (5272))
June 16, 2021 - Today, Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA), in conjunction with the Department of Attorney General, issued a Cease and Desist Order against Comfort Cremation Services LLC, an entity on file with LARA's Corporations Division with a registered office located at 101 W. Big Beaver Rd., Ste. 1400, in Troy, and its members, O'Neil Swanson, a/k/a O'Neil D. Swanson, II, and George A. Drosis. It ordered them to stop violating the Occupational Code by engaging in the practice of mortuary science and aiding and abetting Comfort Cremation Services LLC in engaging in the practice of mortuary science without a mortuary science license. More specifically, it ordered them to immediately cease all activities requiring a mortuary science license under the Occupational Code.
The investigation was initiated in April 2021 after LARA received a tip from the Michigan Funeral Directors Association that the LLC was transporting bodies to Tri-County Cremation Services, L.L.C. to receive direct cremation services. LARA recently took separate but related administrative action under the Cemetery Regulation Act against Tri-County. Evidence found during the course of LARA's joint investigation with the Department of Attorney General verified the following:
In 2019, O'Neil Swanson was convicted of conversion of funds under the Prepaid Funeral and Cemetery Sales Act. In 2018, his mortuary science license and the mortuary science establishment license previously held by Swanson's Funeral Home, Inc. in Flint were revoked based on violations of the Occupational Code and other health and safety laws. On June 11, 2021, he and Dianne E. Swanson were ordered by the Ingham County Circuit Court to stop violating a cease and desist order issued by LARA on June 4, 2021, prohibiting them and Tri-County Cremation Services, L.L.C. under their ownership and operation from engaging in activities that require a crematory registration under the Cemetery Regulation Act.
LARA continues to work closely with the Department of Attorney General and the Washtenaw County Medical Examiner's Office to identify the deceased found at Tri-County Cremation Services, L.L.C. still awaiting cremation. Members of the public who have questions or concerns regarding these matters, were contacted by the Swansons after the June 4, 2021 cease and desist order was issued, or who think they may have a loved one who recently received services from either Comfort Cremation Services LLC or Tri-County Cremation Services, L.L.C. should contact LARA at (517) 241-7000 or by email at CSCLonline@michigan.gov.
LARA is a regulatory agency with no criminal enforcement powers. When LARA determines that one of its regulatory actions could result in criminal charges under a law it administers, those cases are referred to either the Michigan Department of Attorney General or local law enforcement.