A worker at the Rhode Island Veterans’ Cemetery has agreed to plead guilty over charges related to stealing gravestones.
Kevin Maynard, 59, was stealing damaged gravestones that were supposed to be destroyed to protect the dignity of the veterans’ whose names are on them. A federal affidavit said at least 150 markers were found on his property, WPRI reports.
When federal investigators visited his home in April, they found that grave markers were being used as flooring in two garages and a shed.
A VA special agent, “observed automotive fluids and debris scattered over the gravestones”.
Maynard worked at the cemetery for long enough to be vested in the pension system, and a review board will decide if he will still receive a pension.
He is scheduled to appear in court July 13, and in exchange for his plea the government will recommend one year probation and at least 500 hours of community service.