The Health ministry revoked the funeral permit of Patrick Fortin, a funeral director in l’Épiphanie.
The Journal de Montreal reported nine families left the remains of their loved ones with the director, with the understanding that the bodies would be cremated. But over three weeks, later they can’t get a hold of the man.
The man’s permit was revoked April 10th, but it took five days for government officials to visit the funeral home. They found nine bodies in the morgue.
A spokesperson for the order governing funeral directors in the province calls the situation “intolerable.”
The Magnus Poirier funeral home took control of the bodies, and completed the last wishes of the deceased.
It is reported the man has $1.4 million in debt and is at risk of losing everything.