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FBI investigates mismanagement at Arlington Cemetery

Snow covers headstones at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia, on January 27, 2011, the day after a snowstorm dropped 5-8 inches of snow in the Washington, DC, region.
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Arlington cemetery
Snow covers headstones at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia, on January 27, 2011.
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The Army Criminal Investigation Command announced Wednesday that the Justice Department is joining an ongoing investigation into mismanagement at Arlington National Cemetery, the hallowed burial ground for hundreds of thousands of America's fallen warriors.

According to Army spokesman Chris Grey, the Army Criminal Investigation Command "asked for, and received a joint investigation with the FBI."

Late last year, the initial investigation discovered eight sets of cremated remains in one grave site. The Army Inspector General also discovered several cases in which cremated remains were dug up and then dumped in a dirt pile.

Since then, the Pentagon has replaced the senior leadership of the cemetery, who retired with full benefits. The investigation does not include the current administration of Arlington Cemetery.

The FBI will help the Army investigate contractors for criminal activity relating to mishandling cremated remains. They will also look into people reserving plots at Arlington before they die, something that is against military regulations.

The Army says that "the investigation will go wherever the leads take it."