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.