Michigan investigates whether trust a...

Michigan investigates whether trust account money may have been...

There are 476 comments on the Detroit News story from Apr 24, 2006, titled Michigan investigates whether trust account money may have been.... In it, Detroit News reports that:

The 28 cemeteries owned by Clayton L. Smart and operated under the corporate name of Mikocem LLC: Oakview Cemetery, Royal Oak United Memorial Gardens, Plymouth Oakland Hills Memorial, Novi Roseland Park ...

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On the down-low

Glenview, IL

#305 Sep 15, 2007
Jason Strader was Clayton Smart's accountant for about 2 months. He was also a personal friend of Wade Reynolds. Jason gave some very sensitive information to a particular lawyer that was going after Clayton. Speaking of lawyers, has anyone done any research to find out what kind of lawyer the state has placed in charge of the cemeteries? One would think that the state would put a "Corporate lawyer" or at least a "Business lawyer" in charge of the cemeteries. The public has already been taken advantage of, the employees have been stepped on, all the money to operate the cemeteries has been stolen and who does the state put in charge? An "Insurance lawyer" After doing a little research, it turns out that Mr. Zausmer represented Mr. Cox in an insurance claim. Coinsidence? I don't think so. I heard Mr. Zausmer was granted $280,000 to purchase equipment. Where is it? Did anybody get any equipment? I think the state has made a terrible situation much, much worse!
Perfect Pitch

Townville, SC

#306 Sep 17, 2007
Is Jason Strader trying to get a reward in the Clayton Smart case?
Perfect Pitch

Townville, SC

#307 Sep 18, 2007
Michigan cemeteries sold for $32.1 million,......David J. Shipper bought them with $21.9 million going to the depleted trust funds and $10.1 million going to the operations and repair of the cemetery facilities,...the closing of the sale could take place Nov.1,2007 if approved by the court...................
Justice for All

Plymouth, MI

#308 Sep 19, 2007
What is David Shippers background? I know I have heard the name, but not sure who he is? Any relation to Irwin Shipper?
eager

Plymouth, MI

#309 Sep 20, 2007
Justice for All wrote:
What is David Shippers background? I know I have heard the name, but not sure who he is? Any relation to Irwin Shipper?
David Shipper is Irwin Shippers son. There was an article re: David Shipper buying the cemeteries in Tues. Detroit News. You can also go to Google and search David Shipper for web sites re: his background.
Perfect Pitch

Townville, SC

#310 Sep 25, 2007
cemetery sale approved by court,...David Shipper buys 26 Michigan Cemeteries........
Perfect Pitch

Townville, SC

#311 Sep 25, 2007
Pardon me 28 cemeteries,...........
purple rose

Clinton Township, MI

#312 Sep 26, 2007
Zausmer asked the court for the ok, but the hearing isn't until this Friday according to detnews.com . They say that Shipper was completely checked out and his is "No Clayton Smart". Thank Goodness.
I own many Mikocem lots

Traverse City, MI

#313 Sep 30, 2007
I sold Midland Memorial Gardens to the Loewen Group 10 years ago Monday, October 1st. The trust funds were audited and dedermined to be $309k in deficit. That sum was made whole at closing.

I'm knowledgeable of Loewen's eventual bankruptcy, but I have no knowledge how Mikocem came to own MMG and the other properties.

I have issues with Mikocem as well. I have many lots in their cemeteries I'm trying to donate to church groups. I have burial rights certificates Mikocem refuses to honor.

Before I take my complaints to the state cemetery commision, I'd like to contact someone of authority at Mikocem.

Can anyone provide a name and phone number?
Perfect Pitch

Townville, SC

#314 Oct 8, 2007
the cemeteries are sold, Court approved the sale on Friday,....
Lad y Bird

Seattle, WA

#315 Oct 11, 2007
There is an overbid process. As they say it ain't over until the fat lady sings.
Perfect Pitch

Townville, SC

#316 Oct 12, 2007
Folks,....Clayton Smart will come out on top as he invested in oil futures and options,......these have exploded in value as the price of crude oil has exploded,.............the trust funds will be fully funded,.....
dragonfly

White Lake, MI

#317 Oct 15, 2007
Perfect Pitch wrote:
Folks,....Clayton Smart will come out on top as he invested in oil futures and options,......these have exploded in value as the price of crude oil has exploded,.........the trust funds will be fully funded,.....
he better not!! this man has ruined enough lives within the company not to mention all the families throughout the nation that he has screwed. if he comes out on top there is no future for honest businessmen anywhere.
by the way, can it get any worse? lets at least give the new guy the benifit of the doudt and lets see what he can bring to the table. i don't know about you but i can handle a change of pace and an owner that maybe can help bring us up again. i am tired of being embarrassed of where i work and i am ready to be proud again!!!!!!
Chi Chi

AOL

#318 Oct 15, 2007
Does any body no when they plan to transport Smart to Michigan for arraignment? He finally has a lawyer in Tenn. and has entered a plea of NG in TN, but what about Michigan where case is triple the amount. If the reports are correct, apparently Tenn. has already recovered a lot of the $20 millon. Is Michigan chasing the money? Hello MI, are you dozing or asleep at the wheel? There are both Civil and Criminal cases proceeding ahead in TN.
Taunya Strader

Knoxville, TN

#319 Oct 16, 2007
Perfect Pitch wrote:
Is Jason Strader trying to get a reward in the Clayton Smart case?
I am Jason Strader's wife and after reading these threads it truely is an eye opener. I wonder which on of these people who are posting is you Jason?
No one has bothered to interview me or ask what I may know about all the intrigue and scandle that surrounds Jason and Mikocem and the company that Jason keeps in Michigan and other states. I have my own reasons for being bitter and most of them have to do with the people that surrounded Jason at Mikocem and especially a female attourney named Sherry-Katz Crank who was general councel for Mikocem and made it her missiom to be my husbands confidant and hospitality hostess since Feb. 2005 when they both decided he should stay at her house for a couple of days instead of coming home. Jason whistle blew on Mikocem and talked Sherry into doing the same and ever since our family life has been a nightmare.
Jason is still in touch with people at Mikocem and works for Sherry and another man who I won't name as he has never done anything to my knowledge to hurt our family. I hope that Sherry reads this as I begged her and Jason to both stop the inappropriate relationship that they have. I can't believe that she has wanted to help him out to the extent she has and keep giving him work.
So as that this doesn't sound completely like a love triangle, Sherry is being investigated heavely by regulators and is part owner of several cemeteries. She no doubt is part of the whole scandle as Jason needed her emails to help prove his innocemce. The woman is TROUBLE. No one has ever been interested enough to ask me what I know. I know Jason is afraid of all I know about Sherry and his involvment with the whole stinking mess, as he keeps trying to get me to stay in our marriage as I am his most hostel witness. It has to be wthe powers that be to find out the truth of how guilty certain parties are to embezzlement, betrayal etc and its as bad as a B movie. I want the pain of the whole trial and Sherry to be gone from our lives!!! If Jason would only heed the warnings of the past and stop getting himself involved with no goods my family could finally have peace of mind. Believe it or not he was actually a decent person before all of this.
Knowledgable Source

United States

#320 Oct 16, 2007
If what you say is accurate Taunya, and you are happily married to Jason, why have you not spoken up prior?? If you feel that strongly, I will make sure you have an all-expense paid trip up here and testify under oath to what you alleged. You should seriously know your facts before you accuse someone of serious criminal acts. Are you willing to testify under oath?

Since: Oct 07

Knoxville, TN

#321 Oct 16, 2007
I retract the statement I made out of anger and resentment and do not wish harm to anyone for my words. I truely want everyone to live happy and quitely.

Since: Oct 07

Knoxville, TN

#322 Oct 16, 2007
Knowledgable Source wrote:
If what you say is accurate Taunya, and you are happily married to Jason, why have you not spoken up prior?? If you feel that strongly, I will make sure you have an all-expense paid trip up here and testify under oath to what you alleged. You should seriously know your facts before you accuse someone of serious criminal acts. Are you willing to testify under oath?
I did try to talk to you before,you had no right to be a player in hurting our marriage.
blah blah

United States

#323 Oct 17, 2007
blah blah blah blah

Since: Oct 07

Knoxville, TN

#324 Oct 19, 2007
Antagonism isn't the way.

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