Police have arrested 15 people in Valladolid, northern Spain, in connection with a supposed fraud at city crematoriums. It is alleged that bodies were switched from their coffins before being incinerated and placed in cheaper coffins that were then burned.
The incidents are said to stretch back as far as 1995 and over 70 police have been involved in searches and arrests. There was disbelief among the funeral-service industry as to how a complex deception could be carried out, as family members are mostly present during a cremation. Police said on Wednesday that there is evidence some bodies were cremated using only coffin lids or uncovered bases.