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Investigation continues into former Streator funeral director

Streator company wins $10,450 judgment against Elias

A spokeswoman from the Illinois State Comptroller's Office said the agency has been working with the La Salle County State's Attorney's Office and the Streator Police Department in its investigation of a former Streator funeral home director.

A June Illinois comptroller's order said Elias Funeral Home owner William "B.J." Elias misappropriated nearly $50,000 provided to him from families seeking pre-need funeral contracts, and submitted false annual reports to cover up the theft.

His pre-need license was revoked in February.

The comptroller's office said it could not release any information whether more than the seven initial victims identified by the comptroller's office have come forward.

The Times left a message with La Salle County State's Attorney Karen Donnelly. No criminal charges have been filed in the matter.

In an additional matter, a judgment was awarded Sept. 10 to Streator Memorial Park, which operates Hillcrest Memorial Park cemetery, for $10,450. The plaintiff said the Elias Funeral Home owed money for traditional and cremation grave openings dating back to April 2012. They said the funeral home made sporadic payments, but still had an outstanding balance.

Court documents said Elias Funeral Home was no longer in operation, listing B.J. and Jason Elias in the suit.

A bill shows outstanding balances for nine cremation grave openings ranging from $400 to $500 apiece and 12 traditional grave openings, ranging from $400 to $550.

Elias was scheduled to appear in court Sept. 10 on the matter, but he did not attend. The judge awarded the amount to Streator Memorial Park by default.

Elias' brother Jason also was named in the lawsuit. He will attend a hearing Oct. 22 on the matter.

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