Hancock County News

AG Curtis Hill sues Greenfield company accused of taking consumers' money without providing gravestones

Attorney General Curtis Hill on Friday sued a Greenfield monument company accused by consumers of taking their money without providing gravestones they ordered. This civil action against the company, Greenfield Granite, seeks consumer restitution and costs under the Indiana Deceptive Consumer Sales Act.

 

Attorney General Hill also filed a request for a preliminary injunction and temporary restraining order aimed at preventing the company from removing, selling or transferring assets until the legal process plays out.

 

As of Sept. 15, 2020, the Greenfield Police Department had taken approximately 70 reports in which consumers reported that Greenfield Granite failed to properly fulfill orders. Recently, officers have observed individuals at the business turning away customers while workers appear to be removing items from the business.

 

“We have laws in place to protect Hoosiers when businesses abandon their obligations to customers,” Attorney General Hill said. “In this case, we want to ensure that any consumers harmed by this company’s business practices receive refunds or, if they prefer, have their orders fulfilled if products remain available.”

 

Greenfield Granite’s area of specialty makes this case especially troubling, Attorney General Hill added.

 

“No one with an ounce of compassion wants to hear about a business taking advantage of grieving customers trying to achieve closure after losing loved ones,” he said.

 

Attorney General Hill expressed appreciation to the Greenfield Police Department and Hancock County Prosecutor Brent Eaton for their investigatory assistance.

 

Consumers who have complaints regarding Greenfield Granite should file a consumer complaint online at https://www.in.gov/attorneygeneral/ or call the Consumer Protection Hotline at 1-800-382-5516.

 

In a related story, a death investigation into a Greenfield business owner was concluded approximately three weeks ago, according to officials with the Greenfield Police Department.  Greenfield Police have ruled the shooting death of Amie Strohl, 50, as a suicide.

 

Officers were dispatched earlier this week to Greenfield Granite Co. Inc, 952 West Main St., Greenfield. Upon arrival, officers located a 50-year-old female deceased at the business. The woman was later identified as Amie Strohl, owner. According to Greenfield Police Chief Jeff Rasche, Strol was found inside the business shortly after 9:30 a.m. Tuesday and had died from a gunshot wound.

 

In a news release, the department stated no signs of foul play had been found and there was no concerns for danger to the public.

 

According to court records, Strohl was to have appeared in Hancock County Superior Court 2 for a civil case. In addition, she was a defendant in another case brought forward by IMC Credit Services. Court records show that a judgement was granted to IMC Credit Services after Strohl did not show for several appearances.

 

The Greenfield Police also confirmed they were engaged in an active investigation against Stohl, but no criminal charges had been filed.