FBI investigating mismanagement at Arlington cemetery
By Published: June 29, 2011
The Justice Department is investigating the mishandling of remains at Arlington National Cemetery in a broad criminal inquiry that is also seeking evidence of possible contracting fraud and falsification of records, The Washington Post reported, citing people familiar with the investigation.
The investigation, conducted by the FBI and the Army’s Criminal Investigation Command, has been under way for at least six months, the Post reported. A federal grand jury has reportedly been subpoenaing witnesses and records relating to the scandal at the nation’s most venerated military burial ground.
In a report released last June, the Army inspector general found widespread problems at the cemetery: a dysfunctional management system; millions wasted on information technology contracts that produced useless results; misplaced and misidentified remains; and at least four cases in which crematory urns had been dug up and dumped in a dirt pile. The cemetery's top officials were forced out as a result.
Read more about the FBI investigation of the problems at Arlington National Cemetery from The Washington Post