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Independent contractors may continue performing burials for those with pre-need contracts at Southern Memorial Gardens, as recently ordered by the U.S. Bankruptcy Court.

The Office of Cemetery Oversight, a regulatory office administered by the Maryland Department of Labor Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing, sought and obtained the interim order from the Maryland district bankruptcy court to allow contractors to continue with burials at the foreclosed Dunkirk cemetery.

These pre-need contracts must have been entered into prior to Aug. 12, 2011, when the Calvert County Circuit Court banned the cemetery’s owners from continuing or assisting with burial services after they violated a cease and desist order, issued by OCO for alleged poor financial standing.

A hearing to make the order permanent will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 13, at the U.S. Bankruptcy Court Federal Courthouse, 6500 Cherrywood Lane, Suite 300, in courtroom 3-E, located in Greenbelt.

Badtec Inc., doing business as Southern Memorial Gardens in Calvert County, filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy last month. A meeting of creditors of Badtec Inc. was held on Tuesday, Jan. 10. An overview of OCO’s past actions and investigations against Badtec Inc. can be found on the OCO website: