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Criminal Probe in Grave Mishandling at Arlington Cemetery

The Justice Department is looking into possible criminal wrongdoing



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    ARLINGTON, VA - MAY 27: Members of the U.S. Army Old Guard place flags at gravesites at Arlington National Cemetery May 27, 2010 in Arlington, Virginia. About 1,300 soldiers, sailors and Marines in about three hours placed a flag at each of the more than 300,000 gravestones at Arlington ahead of the Memorial Day weekend. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

    The first criminal investigation is currently going on into mishandling of graves at Arlington National Cemetery.

    According to the Washington Post, the Justice Department launched the probe at least six months ago. People close to the investigation told the newspaper that the criminal investigation is broad, looking into evidence of possible contracting fraud and falsification of records.

    A federal grand jury in Alexandria has subpoenaed witnesses and records.

    Congress is also looking into the problems with record keeping and grave sites marked incorrectly.

    Earlier this month, Arlington National Cemetery brought in a new manager to help correct the issues. The Army said James Gemmell will step in as deputy superintendent. He’s the former director of Minnesota's Fort Snelling National Cemetery.