A Los Angeles attorney and two of his business associates have been arrested on charges of masterminding a visa fraud scheme that enabled them to purchase vacant cemetery plots worth hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Kelly Einstein Darwin Giles, a solo practitioner who previously worked for the East West Law Group in West Covina, Calif., was taken into custody by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents at Los Angeles International Airport. ICE agents also served notice on a local mortuary to seize 30 vacant burial plots and 20 blank grave plaques. The case was the first of its kind in the Central District of California to involve the seizure of grave sites.

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