Pa. files disciplinary action against funeral home owner

State regulators have filed disciplinary action against the owner of a Lancaster County funeral home where four decomposing bodies were discovered last week.

In a notice sent Thursday, the Department of State ordered 41-year-old Benjamin M. Siar Jr. to show why his license should not be suspended or revoked.

Siar has 20 days to respond. The disciplinary action could also result in civil penalties of up to $10,000 for each of the 22 allegations made against him in the order, as well as the costs of the investigation.

Siar, owner of the Gundel Funeral Homes in Lancaster and Conestoga, was charged last week with criminal counts of theft and abuse of a corpse. He remains in the Lancaster County Prison on $250,000 bail.

Investigators have said Sire was paid more than $13,000 by four families for funeral and cremation services that were not provided.

The bodies were in various stages of decomposition when police searched the funeral home in Conestoga last week and found the remains on a basement table, in a cooling unit, and in a cardboard box in a detached garage.

According to authorities, one of the bodies was that of a 2-year-old Lancaster girl who was the victim of a homicide, while the other remains were those of elderly women who had died since December 20.

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