Funeral Home Pays for Mishandling Bodies Bound for Arlington

Thursday, Jun 17, 2010  |  Updated 2:01 PM EDT
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Funeral Home Pays for Mishandling Bodies Bound for Arlington

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National Funeral Home in Falls Church, Va., agreed to pay a $50,000 fine after a former employee accused it of mishandling bodies awaiting burial at Arlington National Cemetery.

The funeral home stored bodies in hallways and on non-refrigerated storage racks in a garage, the former employee said.
 
Funeral home officials acknowledged they stored bodies in the garage, but never for long.
 
The Virginia Board of Funeral Directors and Embalmers made an agreement with National Funeral Home under which the funeral home will be on probation for two years and will be inspected six times a year.
 
The agreement is not an admission of guilt.
 
The funeral home has added refrigeration and tightened regulations, policies and training.

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