A Hancock County business that was the scene of a death investigation earlier this fall caught a bit of a break recently from the Hancock County Prosecutor.
Prosecutor Brent Eaton will not pursue criminal charges against the owners of Greenfield Granite Inc. However, he has sent all information to the Indiana attorney general's office, which was already in the midst of preparing a civil case against the company, which is alleged to have taken thousands of dollars from customers and never following through with work.
A lawsuit was filed in September by Attorney General Curtis Hill's office seeking funds for more than a dozen customers. According to court documents, 16 families are listed as part of the state's lawsuit, alleging they paid Greenfield Granite money for memorial monuments and never received them. The lawsuit claims Greenfield Granite had been engaging in deceptive practices for two years.
In Hancock County, eight civil cases have been filed against the business with each plaintiff alleging they paid hundreds to thousands for a monument that was never received.
Court records show that Greenfield Granite's former owner, Amie Strohl, was to have appeared in Hancock County Superior Court 2 for a civil case on the day she took her life at the business. Officers from the Greenfield Police Department ruled her death a suicide after locating a 50-year-old woman deceased at the business.