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Carver Mortuary resumes business on probation, to pay $10K fine

Tanner Siegworth, KSL TV

An embattled South Salt Lake mortuary accused of improper cremations and incomplete record keeping will retain its license on a probationary basis.

SOUTH SALT LAKE — An embattled South Salt Lake mortuary accused of improper cremations and incomplete record keeping will retain its license on a probationary basis.

The deal between Carver Mortuary Service and the Utah Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing was announced Tuesday. Under the agreement, the mortuary neither admitted nor denied the allegations against it, but acknowledged the division had evidence to support its findings, according to an order filed in the division’s review.

Carver Mortuary’s license was placed on probation for five years under the deal, and the business agreed to pay $10,000 of a $50,000 fine, according to the order.

The mortuary came under scrutiny Nov. 2 when the division handed down an emergency order suspending the service’s license, as well as the individual licenses of funeral directors Tanner Carver and Shane Westmoreland. According to the emergency order, two former employees hired earlier this year by the mortuary had laid out the claims in testimony before state regulators.

Carver told reporters when the emergency order came down that the allegations were fabricated by “disgruntled” former employees. His comments Tuesday echoed the order, saying the business doesn’t admit or deny the allegations, and saying he is focused on getting back to work while complying with regular inspections.

“They’ll check on us to make sure we’re in compliance,” Carver said. “We’re happy to be open and running again.”

The mortuary worked to resolve the issue quickly…

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