The Pennsylvania attorney general’s office said on Tuesday it had reached a settlement with operators of an Upper Darby headstone and engraving business accused of taking thousands of dollars from consumers who lost loved ones and not producing graveyard markers in time or at all.
Under the settlement, Gregory J. Stefan Sr., Gregory J. Stefan Jr. and Gerard Stefan, the owners of 1843 LLC, will be prohibited from dealing in headstones and will be required to pay compensation, Acting Attorney General Michelle Henry said. . The amount of the refund was not specified.
A judge must approve the settlement before it takes effect and will also determine the civil penalties to be imposed.
“The Stefans didn’t just take advantage of people, but addressed those grieving loved ones at a difficult time in their lives,” Henry said in a statement. “This settlement will finally ensure that all consumers in Pennsylvania who have been wronged will be cured. The Attorney General’s office will continue to use every tool at its disposal to ensure that Pennsylvanians are treated fairly.
Stefan Sr. was originally sued by the Attorney General’s Office in 2015 as the sole operator of Lifestone by Stefan, LLC and Stefan Memorials, Inc.
That case ended with a settlement and court order, but former attorney general Josh Shapiro accused Stefan Sr. of violating the terms of that agreement. This resulted in a judgment of more than $300,000 and an injunction prohibiting Stefan Sr. from owning, managing, or having any significant involvement with a company that supplies or engraves headstones for consumers.
Prior to this injunction, however, Stefan and his sons started a new business as 1843 LLC.
The Attorney General’s office sued again in 2021.
Gravestone companies associated with the Stefans have a history of complaints. Since 2015, local media have reported consumers struggling to get the headstones they paid for. The Better Business Bureau, a nonprofit that rates businesses on their trustworthiness, gave Lifestone by Stefan an “F.”
In 2021, Stefan Jr. was arrested by Yeadon Borough Police and charged with theft and related offenses in connection with the gravestone trade. That case remains active, according to court records.
Michael J. Malloy, an attorney representing Stefan Jr. in the case, could not be reached for comment Tuesday evening.
Stefan’s family members could not be reached for comment.
“The Stefans didn’t just take advantage of people, but they preyed on those grieving loved ones at a difficult time in their lives,” Acting Attorney General Henry said. “This settlement will finally ensure that all consumers in Pennsylvania who have been harmed will be cured.”
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