The graft-buster has arrested 14 people - including six mortuary workers from two Hospital Authority hospitals - for corruption in handling bodies and funeral business referrals. A former and five serving mortuary attendants from Tuen Mun Hospital and Haven of Hope Hospital, as well as eight funeral agents were arrested, an Independent Commission Against Corruption spokesman said. Investigators found the mortuary staff had accepted monthly bribes from a number of funeral agents as rewards for giving them preferential treatment. The mortuary staff had allegedly allowed the funeral agents to collect bodies outside the mortuary's operating hours and dressed the bodies with shrouds on behalf of the agents, who were supposed to do the job, so as to expedite the funeral arrangements, the spokesman said. A source close to the investigation said the attendants each received payments from several hundred to HK$1,000 per month for years. Investigators had not determined the total in bribes handed out. On receiving the bribes, attendants allowed agents to collect bodies before normal opening time - at times that the families of the deceased felt were more auspicious. Investigations found one of the arrested mortuary staff received illegal rebates from a funeral agent and referred the agent to the families of people who had died. The arrests were made on Sunday and Monday. The suspects have been released on bail. The spokesman said the Hospital Authority had provided its full assistance to the investigation. An authority spokesman confirmed last night that six serving and former mortuary attendants from the two hospitals were being investigated by the commission and had been suspended from duty.