Recycling Yard Fined for Purchasing Cemetery Vases
Decatur, MS— On February 12, 2016, February 16, 2016, and March 10, 2016, M-D Metals, LLC, of Decatur, MS, purchased cemetery flower vases from Robert Eugene Davis which were taken from Meridian Memorial Park Cemetery. The Secretary of State’s Office alleged on three separate occasions M-D Metals purchased approximately 200 bronze cemetery flower vases totaling 992 pounds of regulated metal and paying Mr. Davis a total of $1,043.60.
The Lauderdale County Sheriff’s Office charged Mr. Davis on March 19, 2016, with multiple counts of grand larceny of merchandise in excess of $1000.00. Miss. Code Ann. § 97-17-41.
As a purchaser of regulated metal property, M-D Metals is subject to the requirements of the Mississippi Scrap Metal Dealer Act of 2008. Miss. Code Ann. § 97-17-71 to § 97-17-71.2.
On March 24, 2016, M-D Metals entered into an agreed Consent Order with the Secretary of State’s Office as a resolution of administrative charges issued by the Office, alleging three (3) separate statutory violations and agreed in the future to comply with all Mississippi state law requirements. M-D Metals also agreed to pay a fine in the amount of $2,250.00.