James Gamble talks with Radio host Ralph Bailey regarding fraud investigation

Funeral home director defends actions

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - Radio host Ralph Bailey spoke with James Gamble, funeral director of Beloved Care Funeral Services, regarding allegations of fraud.

Gamble is under investigation for fraud by the Bakersfield Police Department following a recent finding by detectives.

Officials said they found nine bodies that were not properly stored at the funeral home.

Gamble said that by law they have to file a permit within 8 days. One of the bodies had been there for 30 days, Gamble said during the interview.

Bakersfield police detectives were summoned to the Beloved Care Funeral Home at 717 E. Brundage Lane Tuesday by the Kern County Coroner’s Office regarding nine bodies that were not being adequately housed and a financial investigation.

A California Department of Consumer Affairs Cemetery and Funeral Bureau representative was also on scene conducting an investigation into the business practices of the funeral home.

Detectives and Bakersfield Code Enforcement officers responded again Wednesday to conduct further investigation into licensing compliance of the facility. All of these investigations are on going.

The Kern County Coroner’s Office removed the bodies from the funeral home and is working to identify the bodies and contact the next of kin.

Gamble said, "I want to apologize to anyone I may have affected." Gamble said that he often lets people go awhile without paying. Gamble said, "I don't do business how you should. I have compassion for people."

The BPD is still investigating Beloved Care Funeral Services and officials have not released any more information regarding the investigation.

Tim Dobbs, owner of Distinctive Limousine and Executive Car Service of Bakersfield said he had a wonderful experience with “Beloved Care Funeral Home” and he supports the small business owner and feels he should be given a chance.

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