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Family: Man over life insurance policy spent money saved for mother's burial

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Veronica Boyland and her family lost Shannon Boyland just days ago, and there is no money to pay for her burial. Veronica Boyland and her family lost Shannon Boyland just days ago, and there is no money to pay for her burial.

 (WMC-TV) - A Mid-South family is outraged after they say a man spent the burial money their mother saved for her family for years.

Veronica Boyland and her family lost Shannon Boyland just days ago, and there is no money to pay for her burial.

"She would run her kids down for the policies every month to pay this man, Jerry Gardner," said Veronica. "My heart is hurt that we have to wait and keep chasing him down for this ... To make him come to pay for what she worked for, for us, our life insurance."

Veronica's brother Eric says their mother faithfully paid Gardner $146 a month into a $10,000 life insurance policy with Occidental Insurance Company for fifteen years.

"That was my mother's hard working thing ... To pay her policy," said Eric.

Gardner was advised by Boyland that he was taping a conversation, in which Gardner knowingly admitted via cell phone, that he misspent the money. Action News 5 cameras were rolling on the exchange.

"We have not grieved really for our mother. We have been enraged chasing someone. That's not how it's suppose to be," said Eric.

They say Gardner claimed Shannon Boyland downgraded to a $5,000 policy. But the family says he will not even pay that back.

"I want to see him pay for what he did. He deserves jail time after this because he shouldn't have to go around preying on the elderly," said Tameika Boyland.

The Boyland's have filed a police report with the Memphis Police Department. They say they were trying to give Gardner time to correct the problem, but have since decided to pursue a case against him for insurance fraud.

Gardner did not return any calls from Action News 5.

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