Judge Releases $50,000 to Burr Oak

Laid-workers can now come back.

Monday, Aug 24, 2009  |  Updated 12:15 PM CDT
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Judge Releases $50,000 to Burr Oak

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This will not be a common site at the cemetery in the future.

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A Cook County judge has agreed to release $50,000 to the receiver overseeing operations at Burr Oak Cemetery, where former employees are accused of digging up graves to resell plots.

The money will be released immediately to Roman Szabelski. His attorney says the money will likely be used to rehire the employees at Burr Oak in Alsip. 

Szabelski laid off the eight workers Aug. 14 after running out of money.

Burr Oak's assets were frozen after four people were charged in the alleged grave-reselling scheme that authorities say netted about $300,000.

The case will be back in court Wednesday, when Szabelski is expected to report how much money he needs to reopen the cemetery and when that could happen.

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