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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. _ In the space of five days this month, state regulators arrested Joseph Damiano, charged him with violating state crematory laws and stripped him of his funeral business licenses. But according to one family, the state failed to do the one thing his critics were clamoring for _ put Florida's death-industry veteran out of business.
State investigators are looking into a report that Damiano's unlicensed company, AAA Cremation Emporium, was conducting business a day after the state yanked its license, a spokeswoman for the Department of Business and Professional Regulation said.
Mark Grochowski of Fort Lauderdale said Tuesday that he called AAA Cremation April 10 after his grandmother, 89-year-old Rose Ponetta, died at Florida Medical Center. He responded to an ad for a $295 cremation in Senior …