A U.S. Department of Justice investigation is intensifying the scrutiny of Arlington National Cemetery, which in already enduring ongoing Congressional inquiries. The Justice Department is conducting a broad criminal inquiry into the alleged mishandling of remains, fraud and falsification of records.
“A federal grand jury in Alexandria has been subpoenaing witnesses and records relating to the scandal at the nation’s most venerated military burial ground,” sources told The Washington Post. “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.”
Sources told the newspaper that the current investigation, conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Army’s Criminal Investigation Command, has been ongoing for at least six months.
“At a news conference at the cemetery Wednesday afternoon, Chris Grey, a spokesman for the Criminal Investigation Command, said that in addition to contracting fraud, investigators are looking into whether some grave sites were reserved against Army regulations. He also said the investigation is focused on a mass grave, discovered in October, that held eight sets of cremated remains,” the article read.