Director says body was moved to a crematorium in a pine box to prevent the $1,700 silky oak coffin her family paid for from cracking

A Queensland funeral home accused of swapping a grandmother’s expensive coffin for a cheap pine box has said it was only done so the pricey casket wouldn’t crack.

On Thursday police confirmed they were investigating an alleged fraud after a Rockhampton family accused a funeral home of switching a 74-year-old woman’s $1,700 silky oak coffin for a cheap pine box just before her cremation. The family of Janice Cecilia Valigura said letters written by her grandchildren and placed on her heart were thrown away.

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