The Clarion-Ledger, 10/23/8

About 50 people have contacted the state saying they bought pre-need funeral plans from former Jackson crematory operator Mark Seepe, but it is unclear whether they will be able to get back any of their money.

Seepe lost his license to operate his crematory five months ago amid accusations he commingled human remains, handed over the wrong remains to families and dumped others in the trash.

Mississippi Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann filed a motion Wednesday in Hinds County Chancery Court asking for a default judgment against Seepe and his company, Southern Mortuary Services.

“The judgment of default is one of the first steps that must be taken in order for our agency to recoup any potential assets Mark Seepe may have to turn over to the victims,” said Pamela Weaver, Hosemann’s spokeswoman. “The victims getting their money back will depend on, both, the judgment issued by the court and if Mark Seepe has any funds to satisfy any judgment that might be entered.”