The state of Indiana has filed a lawsuit against a Greenfield company that makes memorial monuments and gravestones claiming that it took money from dozens of customers without fulfilling their orders, or that it gave them the wrong products.
The suit filed on Friday against Greenfield Granite Co. Inc. follows the Sept. 8 suicide of Amie Strohl, president of the company and co-owner with her husband, James Strohl. The business already was under investigation by the Greenfield Police Department for customer complaints about unfulfilled contracts, according to the Greenfield Daily Reporter.
As of Sept. 15, Greenfield Police had taken about 70 reports from consumers claiming the firm failed to properly fulfill orders, according to the state lawsuit. The suit seeks compensation for the customers, as well as any appropriate penalties for allegedly deceiving customers.
The lawsuit doesn’t specify a total amount allegedly owed to customers, but it does include details from nearly 20 complaints involving payments between $450 and $3,000 each.
Calls to Greenfield Granite from IBJ on Monday were not returned. IBJ was unable to contact James Strohl through listed phone numbers.
Amie Strohl’s suicide occurred on the day she was scheduled to appear in Hancock County Superior Court for a small claims case filed by a Greenfield Granite customer who didn’t received a headstone for her deceased husband, according to the Daily Reporter.
The state 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.
In an interview with WRTV-TV Channel 6 in August, Amie Strohl said the 122-year-old family business had been hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic and that the business was working to refund customers.