- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 6, 2015

EXETER, R.I. (AP) - Officials say a state employee who works at the Rhode Island Veterans’ Memorial Cemetery is being investigated by an arm of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs for taking discarded headstones estimated to be worth more than $80,000.

A spokesman from the state Department of Human Services confirmed a state employee is currently under investigation for allegedly taking 202 headstones from the Exeter Cemetery to use on personal projects. He says the employee has been taking headstones for several years.

He tells WPRI-TV (https://bit.ly/1bxME7E ) the stones still had the veterans’ names on them but he would not name the employee or comment on that person’s job status.

The VA’s policy requires all discarded headstones to be destroyed.

The station’s attempts to contact the VA National Cemetery Administration were unsuccessful.

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