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Northern Virginia Funeral Home Fined $50,000

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By Rebecca Blatt

A funeral home in Falls Church, Virginia, which has been accused of mishandling bodies awaiting burial at Arlington National Cemetery, is being fined $50,000 for circumventing Virginia regulations.

The National Funeral Home has agreed to the fine, two years probation and six unannounced inspections per year, according to a consent order with the Virginia Board of Funeral Directors.

Board officials say the $50,000 fine is one of the highest ever handed to a funeral establishment in the state.

The funeral home is owned by Service Corporation International. Lisa Marshall, a spokeswoman for the company, says the agreement is not an admission of guilt. She says it's a way for the company to put the issue behind it, so it can focus on serving families and the community.

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